Wily as a coyote (fourcorners) wrote in thequestionclub,
Wily as a coyote

The Hero Gotham Deserves

Let's say there's a vigilante in your city. He attacks those he sees as criminals, beats them savagely, and leaves them for the police. Usually they're caught in the act of a crime, so they can be booked, but maybe 20% of the time, they just fit the profile (gang colors, associates of criminals). These 'suspects' are released. Obviously this vigilante is profiling people in your city. Crime has gone down a great deal. But, for every 4 people that are caught and put in prison, 1 innocent person is assaulted and needs hospital care. The police are looking for this vigilante, who calls himself The Hand. One night, you notice The Hand on a rooftop across the street, spying on someone. Out your other window, you see several police officers approaching that house, obviously called by a neighbor. You have the opportunity to warn The Hand if you'd like to see him continue on with his work, or you can see him take the fall. What do you do? No one will notice your warning except him

I warn him. I let him get away. He does more good than bad, and crime is down
I let the cops catch him. He operates outside the law and is harming innocents

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