The Ethics of Deep Undercover Investigations

Assume the role of Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard DeArmas and explain to Detectives Underwood and Freeman what they can and cannot do as part of this investigation. Consider the legal and ethical ramifications associated with this story. You are to write an essay not to exceed 1200 words that analyzes the constraints posed on Detectives Amy Underwood and Sheila Freeman as they go deep undercover to infiltrate the Ruckus Society training camps. At a minimum, consider the following questions: ? Should Detectives Underwood and Freeman be allowed to commit misdemeanors such as smoking cannabis (marijuana) or shoplifting (petit theft) in order to keep their undercover status from being compromised? ? Should Detectives Underwood and Freeman be allowed to commit felonies such as grand theft or armed robbery in order to keep their undercover status from being compromised? ? Are the undercover officers compelled to intervene in order to prevent crimes that they have knowledge of ahead of time? ? What criteria need to be established ahead of time, before sending the two undercover detectives to their first Ruckus Society training camp?