Dishonest Officers: An Ethical Dilemma

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Dishonest Officers: In past decade, one of the major issues that law enforcement agencies have struggled with is the effect of officer dishonesty on his/her ability to act as a witness in court proceedings. This is largely because the dishonest officers are normally subject to impeachment of their credibility by their previous conduct of dishonesty. Therefore, law enforcement agencies have an evolving responsibility to disclose information to prosecutors regarding the dishonesty of the officer before he/she testifies against a defendant in a criminal case. On the other hand, the prosecutor must then determine whether the information is necessary to be disclosed to the defendant. This is crucial because failure to reveal the exculpatory information may result in the failure of criminal prosecutions and liability for law enforcement officers and agencies. Ethical Dilemma in the Case: The City of Boston vs. Boston Police Officer Benevolent Association mainly revolved around the need for the court to demonstrate and recognize the significance of officers' integrity, credibility, and honesty. The case started when DiSciullo, a law enforcement officer who was driving the wrong way in a one-way street, stopped and had a conversation with the operator of a vehicle that was double-parked. In addition to an extremely poor approach by the officer, the situation developed to a point in which the officer arrested a couple who were in the vehicle that was double-parked. The officer

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