Blade Runner Cases and Replicants
Posted: Thu 20 Oct 2022, 03:12
In terms of a case, are blade runner detectives supposed to retire any rogue replicants they encounter, even if those replicants are the current subjects of the investigation?
It's of course also possible that at that point in the investigation the N-8 status of the subject is confirmed but the subject is still at large. This is how actual criminal law is supposed to work. I may be wrong, but just retiring a N-8 on a bladerunner's determination of N-8 status seems less Bladerunner and more Judge Dredd.
All that above is how it's supposed to work, and this would be how the "replicant police" would likely operate. Now do police around the world use lethal force with weak or thin justification, the so-called "horrible but lawful?" Turn on the TV. So in Bladerunner you could have a some patrol cops just blowing away a subject they think is a Nexus-8 and believed themselves justified in such an exigent retirement. The fallout from such an incident, that's a story hook.
My feelings are that LA society would expect its Blade Runners to arrest a suspected Replicant if at all possible rather than just execute them on the street but killing a Replicant that resists arrest and attempts to escape is considered better than letting them go.
LA society is very divided in its opinions about Replicants in general. There remains a Shoot on Sight order for any confirmed Nexus Replicant below 9. How seriously officers follow it is a different matter, especially if they're already dealing with a different problem. Unconfirmed? Detain and investigate, though I expect that a lot of suspected Replicants get a 'shot while attempting to escape' line on the paperwork, especially after an officer gives them the 'look up and left' order. While a reasonable person would expect potential illegal Replicants to be treated like people, that expectation can change fast once a positive ID is made. And there aren't a lot of reasonable people out there, going by the stories about mob violence against even suspected Replicants.