Posing as a Decoy for the Police in a Drug Deal

TitlePosing as a Decoy for the Police in a Drug Deal
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published04/1995
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCriminal Justice , personal ethics , professional responsibility
AbstractSeveral years ago, Marion Barry, who was then Mayor of Washington, D.C., was convicted for purchasing cocaine. Barry was arrested immediately after he made the purchase from a former girl friend of his who had invited him to her hotel room. Unbeknownst to Barry his former girl friend was working for the police. Several months before his arrest Barry declared at a press conference that "I have no sympathy for those who are crybabies about the fact that police officers are selling to those who want to buy drugs. We use every legal means that we can." "We want everybody to know," Barry said, “that the next drug buy may be from a police officer." Was it ethical for the Washington D.C. police to use Barry's former girl friend as a decoy? If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase study from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1995.
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/Cocaine.pdf
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