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Hypothetical Moral Quandary

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[i](based on one of the best story arcs from "Criminal Minds" that fans would recognize)[/i]

Let's say you're a law enforcement person chasing a vicious serial killer.

The killer contacts you and offers you a deal: He'll stop killing if you completely stop chasing him.

Do you take that deal or tell him to go @$%# himself?

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You lost me at moral.

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he's already killed? hell no...it's your job to track him down

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Not a chance that you can stop chasing him. He has to be brought to justice for the killings he already did and I seriously doubt a serial killer can just shut that urge off.

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On the show, the killer actually [i]did[/i] stop.

In real life, I'd have some major doubts about taking the word of a guy for whom lying isn't exactly a major stretch.

At the heart of the question is this issue: Is law enforcement's primary job to catch criminals or to protect the public?

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yes!

I see your point that your decision may cause more deaths...but at the end of the day, you need to protect the public by catching the criminals.

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[quote name='Mr. Scot' timestamp='1361385824' post='2139630']
On the show, the killer actually [i]did[/i] stop.

In real life, I'd have some major doubts about taking the word of a guy for whom lying isn't exactly a major stretch.

At the heart of the question is this issue: Is law enforcement's primary job to catch criminals or to protect the public?
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Yeah most police aren't going to believe the guy. But if there were some way to be very sure that he would stop killing, you may have a duty to lay back.

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doubt very much that victims of his initial crimes would like that thought but I get what you are saying.


I'll stick with the thought that there's no way they believe/trust him and go after him.

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When a killer pleads it means 2 things. 1) killer is tired of running and 2) u r very close to catching him.

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[quote name='Hawk' timestamp='1361390219' post='2139702']
doubt very much that victims of his initial crimes would like that thought but I get what you are saying.


I'll stick with the thought that there's no way they believe/trust him and go after him.
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Agreed...maybe on TV serial killers can stop but in real life there is no way they could.














I've tried many times.

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[quote name='Hawk' timestamp='1361390219' post='2139702']
doubt very much that victims of his initial crimes would like that thought but I get what you are saying.

I'll stick with the thought that there's no way they believe/trust him and go after him.
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But then what do you say to the families of his future victims when he tells them "I offered a deal"?

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U tell families that we cannot trust serial killer. We were very close to catching him and believe he lied just so he can buy sometime. He would kill either way.

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