Discussion

You are a police officer testifying in a drug case. You have already testified that you engaged in a buy-bust operation, and the defendant was identified by an undercover officer as the one who sold him a small quantity of drugs. You testified that you chased the suspect down an alley and apprehended him. Immediately before you caught up with him, he threw down several glassine envelopes filled with what turned out to be cocaine. The prosecutor finished his direct examination, and now the defense attorney has begun cross-examining you. He asked if you had the suspect in your sight the entire time between when you identified him as the one who sold to the undercover officer and when you put the handcuffs on him. Your arrest report didn’t mention it, but for a couple of seconds you slipped as you went around the corner of the alley and fell. During that short time, the suspect had proceeded a considerable distance down the alley.
You do not think there was anyone else around, and you are as sure as you possibly can be that it was your suspect who dropped the bags, but you know that if you testify to this incident truthfully, the defense attorney might be able to argue successfully that the bags were not dropped by the suspect and get him acquitted of the much more serious charge of possession with intent to distribute. What should you do? 

i. There will be one research paper submitted, which will serve as the Portfolio requirement for this class
ii. Topic assigned by the instructor
iii. APA format including abstract, content and resourcesiv. No quotes; all information must be cited and put in your own wordsv. Minimum of three academically-sound sourcesvi. Type-written in a Times New Roman 12-font
vii. Online sources may be used if they are academically sound.viii. All online sources must be identified by name of author and date of posting
ix. Minimum of 3 pages of text
x. Paper must be submitted online1. Papera. Title pageb. Abstractc. 3 pages of contentd. Reference page (with at least 3 references)