The Officer and the Drug Arrest

| April 11, 2018

Case Study 1: The Officer and the Drug Arrest
Due Week 2 and worth 100 points

Officer Jones is a veteran officer with the Smithville police department. He received information that a citizen living in the local housing project was selling drugs. This information was conveyed to Officer Jones by an anonymous caller to the officer on his personal cell phone. Officer Jones immediately went to the housing project and stopped the citizen as he was leaving his apartment. Officer Jones searched the citizen and found drugs.

Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.

Write a one to two (1-2) page paper in which you:

  1. Identify the constitutional amendment that would govern Officer Jones’ actions. In your own opinion, discuss if you support his actions or not. Justify your answer using the appropriate case law and Supreme Court precedents. 
  2. Analyze the validity and constitutionality of Officer Jones’ actions. 
  3. Determine whether or not Officer Jones’ actions were justified by any of the three (3) ways whereby probable cause can be established. Provide a rationale for your response.
  4. Use at least two (2) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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