Let's say, for a quick second, that robo-cops are a thing.
There are officers of the law that are part human and part robot.
One of these officers is attacked by an offender with a switchblade. The officer is stabbed 42 times in the neck and chest region. The officer ends up surviving.
Now, as a prosecutor (that's you), what do you go after the offender for?
Would it be attempted murder?
Malicious destruction of property?
Is it attempted murder because you consider the officer to be human? Or is it malicious destruction of property because you consider the officer to be robotic?
There's probably no right or wrong answer here but I'm curious as to your thoughts on it.
Does it matter what percentage of the officer is human or is it a One Drop Rule kind of situation for you?
- It'd be malicious destruction of propertyVote A
- It'd be attempted murderVote B
Most Helpful Guy
That would really depend on whether the officer in question was their own entity. It has been argued in some jurisdictions, that if someone was to hit or kick a police horse or dog, then it should be assaulting a police officer, whereby such a claim would be refuted due to the fact that the animal could not be classed as a police officer, or as being a 'person to whom such powers could be bestowed'.
If a cyborg was to be given police powers and would also be perceived to be 'a person', then a criminal charge of harm, whether that be assault, attempted murder or otherwise could be proffered.
If we were to take modern technology up a few notches and slightly into the future, whereby a police officer who had sustained severe injuries, and was required to have prosthetic mechanical limbs, that police officer would still be a person, even if they had to have neural chips implanted to control their limbs, as this would not render them any less of a person.
I suppose, making reference to sci-fi movies, this is what would make the difference between a 'robo-cop' and the T-1000.0
Most Helpful Girl
I would prosecute him for: The attempted murder of a Law Enforcement Officer.
So regardless of what or who the robo cop is, he is still a Cop... protecting law abiding citizens and trying to ensure the safety of members of the public.
I would seek the same justice for the Robo Cop as i would anyone else.0