Ethics In Criminal Justice: Ethical Dilemmas

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Ethics in Criminal Justice Wee 1 Assignment Ethical Dilemma Paper June 13, 2013 Ethical Dilemma On May 14, 2010, a teenage boy name Jerean Blake was murdered in Detroit, Michigan. The following day police already has a suspect in mind for the shooting, a man named Chauncey Owens. They got a search warrant and headed to his known address where they thought he was hiring. On May 16, 2010 police went to his home where they first fired a flash grenade through the front window. Owen’s eight-year niece, Aiyana Jones and his grandmother were on the main floor. Police then entered the front door and an officer, Joseph Weekley fired. The shot hit Aiyana Jones in the head. Aiyana was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Chauncey…show more content…
Officer Weekley does not have 100% credibility in this situation because he was sued in 2007 with other members of the SWAT team for allegedly shooting two dogs and pointing a gun at children during a raid. So this is not the first incident where he was accused of making unethical decisions. Weekley was a six-year veteran of Detroit’s special response team at the time so he is seasoned and would have been expected to have better control of his weapon. Prior to joining Detroit’s Special Weapons and Tactics team, Weekley was a patrol officer for Detroit. He also worked part time for Armored Personnel Carrier services. Weekley is also married and has two children close in age to Aiyana…show more content…
During the trial, Weekley stated "She hit it in a downward motion. As she hits it down, I start to pull it back. I hear the shot." Jones denies that she struggled for the gun, but the officer insists that's what happened. Joseph Weekley, charged with involuntary manslaughter, said he didn't immediately realize that he had shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones during the 2010 house raid. He said he unintentionally pulled the trigger when the victim's grandmother knocked his submachine gun. Weekley said he believed the shot came from someone else in the house. He said he didn't even feel recoil in the weapon.

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