Dirty Harry- Killer with a Badge

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Kalynn Smith Philosophy of Law Honors 4280 March 1, 2008 Dirty Harry: Killer with a Badge Carl B. Klockars’ critical examination of what he calls the “Dirty Harry Problem” explores the complex relationship between ends and means. In his essay, Klockars lays out the circumstances in which immoral means may be effectively employed to accomplish moral ends. While he admits that the Dirty Harry Problem is an unsolvable moral dilemma, he also advocates that, in certain situations, immoral means can be utilized to achieve moral ends. Klockars defines certain criteria for situations in which dirty means are justified in order to attain moral ends. The first of these criteria is that the officer must be sure that the dirty means will be the only means effective in accomplishing the moral ends. No matter what the circumstances, I think that immoral means are never justified. If no other alternatives exist, policy needs to be changed; it does not justify working outside of policy. If law enforcement officers adopted this mentality, policy would never change
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