"Serpico" Ethical Issues

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Serpico is about a New York police officer, Frank Serpico, or “Paco”, who got shot in the face for reporting police corruption in the New York Police Department (NYPD). Fellow officers did not help him when he was wounded. This movie portrayed real life events and factors that go on in our police forces today. There are a lot of ethical issues that go on in this movie. Men are beaten, punished, lied to, and deceived by police officers. Serpico testified against all police corruption and was left derelict in a crucial time of need. Officers today need to work together in a positive and ethical way in order to get their job done the right way. This film really grabbed my interest by depicting real life situations and corruption in today’s …show more content…
Unhappy with his testimony, fellow officers Gary Roteman and Arthur Cesare left Frank wounded during a drug bust and refused to call a “10-13”, which is the police code for officer down. Frank Serpico was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery against fighting police corruption.
This movie is very depictive of real life. Officers today still accept bribes and sell drugs. Police corruption today is not nearly as bad as it was when Serpico was serving. All officers should want to be heroic and serve their country in the most effective way possible. If all officers were corrupt, then violence and drug related activity would cease to resist. This would cause public terror and acts of crime to strengthen and allow criminals to bribe their way out of anything just like in the movie.
Whistleblowing in the business world today is identified as a bad thing. Frank Serpico was the exact definition of a whistleblower by reporting illegal activities that went on in the police force. If all people continued to allow unethical and illegal things to happen, then the business world would fall apart and crime would be happening everywhere. The United States was based on freedom and happiness. If police officers of this country allow corruption to happen, that same freedom and happiness is taken away from us. Crimes would increase enormously, people would lose loved ones, and we would not be able to have the self-respect we deserve to credit ourselves with.

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