The following is a true story – and it made national headlines several years ago. A Houston Texans football player and his wife got the call from a hospital in Dallas that his wife’s mother (the football player’s mother in law) was dying and only had a few minutes left to live. They hopped in the car and sped toward the hospital around midnight. Not many cars were on the road. As they were approaching the hospital, they ran a couple of red lights to get them there faster. A police officer saw this, and pulled them over as they were pulling into the hospital. The couple seeing the lights called ahead to the hospital to have a nurse meet them to substantiate their story that their mother was dying and only had a few minutes left.
When the couple jumped out of their car, the police officer drew his gun and told them to get back into the car. He walked over to them and they explained the situation. The police officer said he did not care, and they drove recklessly and broke the law. The nurse substantiated the claim, and the doctor came out as well and substantiated the claim. The police officer called for back-up and told everyone to stay in their car. He gave the football player a ticket. After the process, they ran inside but it was too late and the mother had died.
From your lectures and readings this week, please answer the following:
What type of moral reasoning was the police officer using (from Kohlberg’s stages of moral reasoning–preconventional, conventional, or postconventional)?
What type of moral reasoning was the football player using (from Kohlberg’s stages of moral reasoning–preconventional, conventional, or postconventional)?
What would you have done in this situation in both the roles of the police officer and of the football player?
Was the police officer in the right to hold them and do his job as a police officer to enforce the laws, despite a mitigating circumstance?
Discuss the moral and ethical ramifications of the decisions.
This assignment should be a minimum of 500 words long and directly integrate the readings and vocabulary from the readings at least once in your assignment.