CORE ETHICS LESSON 5

Research your local Good Samaritan Law and Citizen’s Arrest. Provide government links to each and give a brief summary of each law (100 words minimum for each law, not including the law itself).  You will also need to provide a link to the law from a government website.  Make sure you start with the lowest form of government (city/town) and work your way up to find the most relevant version of the laws that you are expected to adhere to. Sometimes these laws are dictated at the local level, and other times it may be at the Country level. It’s good to know what is expected of you if you witness a crime or happen upon a medical emergency, or in general relevant version of the laws that you are expected to adhere to. Sometimes these laws are dictated at the local level, and other times it may be at the Country level. It’s good to know what is expected of you if you witness a crime or happen upon a medical emergency.

 

If one (or both) of these laws are not present, give your opinion on why it may not exist. If you are having difficulty locating the law, do not hesitate to come to me (Alethea/Ally) directly and ask for help.

The goal of this assignment is to help you learn to research laws for yourself. While it doesn’t seem like a useful skill, I assure you that there are really good applications for looking into these things – as a witness, as the subject of a case, and even as a victim. But knowing how to find laws also helps you if you wish to pursue social reform.

The other reason, is that it helps you determine what the law expects of you as a witness and bystander. Which can go a long ways in protecting you. After all, “Jedi are not vigilantes” nor are we (barring actual career choices) Medical Personnel. Some laws will get very in-depth on what is and isn’t allowed. The Good Samaritan law of Illinois, for example, outlines the privileges of a Podiatrist (yes, a foot doctor) in the event of a Emergency Crisis breaking out in the community. Seriously, it doesn’t just say “Medical Personnel”, it goes into depth on which types of medical personnel have what privileges. Just ask the Chicago and Atlantic Jedi that attended my 6 hour Power-Point presentation on Aiding Emergency Services in Winter 2012 XD.

 

 

It is important that you know whether your basic medical training may not be enough to even touch a body. In Okinawa, that is actually a law- if you are not legally medical personnel ON SHIFT, you cannot touch an unconscious and immobile casualty- if they are coherent and moving, then you at least have consent. Though even then, you better make sure they aren’t in so much dire straights that any movement may be damaging. Because if they die, it automatically becomes your fault for doing anything. It’s also true that the citizen can sue you if you help them and you’re not on-shift medical personnel. That said, the rules were different on a military installation. If a service member responded and only executed up to their training of first aide, they would be protected.

 

 

The other story that comes to mind, is one from a Seinfeld episode from in the 90s. The crew witnessed a crime, and instead of calling the police, they just watched and mocked the situation. They were charged under the Good Samaritan law of the state they were because they didn’t report the incident to the police. While it may be in a Sitcom, it is absolutely true that there are some states which compel bystanders to report certain a crimes.

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