The Role of Police in Assemblies: Ethical Implications, Imperatives, and Interventions

Pastor Werner Schiewek highlights the importance of assemblies for a thriving democracy. As a democratic virtue, assemblies should not be prevented, but, in fact, facilitated. However, assemblies are associated with individual, social, and moral risks for all participants, and Schiewek describes these risks. To help mitigate risk associated with assemblies, Schiewek analyzes the moral expectations of police, including internal and external expectations, and the tensions between them. Awareness of these challenges can help police organizations better prepare officers. Schiewek also offers suggestions for personal and organizational planning grounded in different ethical approaches and the four classical cardinal virtues.

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