Lessons from Tuskegee: What Law Enforcement Can Learn from the History of Bioethics

TitleLessons from Tuskegee: What Law Enforcement Can Learn from the History of Bioethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGraber, A
JournalCriminal Justice Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0731129X
KeywordsBelmont , BIOETHICS , ethics , Law , Syphilis , Tuskegee , VIOLENCE
AbstractThough Black lives continue to be lost during encounters with law enforcement, we remain far from a policy solution. While leading presidential candidates fail to offer concrete proposals, the recommendations of Campaign Zero appear to have found little traction. Furthermore, we are far from understanding the causes of the disproportionate use of violence against minorities. Faced with a growing crisis, law enforcement would do well to consider professions that have taken successful steps to outgrown their history of racial violence. The medical community’s response to the Tuskegee syphilis experiment is particularly instructive. Much as the medical community responded to a crisis of racial violence by fundamentally reconceptualizing the role of the physician, the time has come for a new ethics of policing that will reshape our understanding of the role of law enforcement. 
NotesGraber, Abraham; Source Info: Aug2016, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p123; Subject Term: Law enforcement; Subject Term: Bioethics -- History; Subject Term: Violence; Subject Term: Syphilis; Subject Term: Bioethics; Subject Term: Tuskegee (Ala.); Author-Supplied Keyword: Belmont Report; Author-Supplied Keyword: bioethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics of policing; Author-Supplied Keyword: law enforcement; Author-Supplied Keyword: Tuskegee syphilis experiment; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); NAICS/Industry Codes: 922120 Police Protection; NAICS/Industry Codes: 922190 Other Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article