Apply the definition we arrived at to a marginalized group within our society and argue the consequences this group is experiencingSYNOPSIS 6: NEWSPAPER ARTICLEA newspaper article is an article published in a reputable newspaper. Examples include the New York Times, Washington Post, and Dallas Morning News. You can access newspaper articles by using either their print or online versions.Due: April 30 at the end of the day
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Sack, Kevin. “Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood.” New York Times, 18 Mar. 2017,
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/18/us/forced-entry-warrant-drugraid.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=storyheading&module=photo-spot-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news. Accessed 18
Credibility: Daly has been with the Times for over 20 years and has shared three Pulitzer Prizes.
In this article he analyzes different sources, including the actual report, interviews subject
matter experts, and uses reasoning skills to connect the information. The newspaper follows
widely accepted editing policies, thus making this article meet the standards of balance and
accuracy associated with good news reporting.
Nature of the information/article/study, etc.: The article discusses the widely-used practice of
using SWAT teams to conduct searches in drug-related cases. Though public perception is that
SWAT teams will only be used in dangerous situations, this is not the case. Rather, warrants to
enter forcibly and without first alerting the occupants are obtained fairly easily and used when
other methods might prove safer.
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Method used to gather information: The author conducted interviews, looked at regulations,
and tried to find statistics to gather the information presented in this newspaper article.
Results: Several deaths of police officers, suspects, and innocent bystanders (including family
pets) have been the result of this practice, and data to analyze the efficiency is hard to come by
because all states except for Utah do not require reporting of these types of raids.
Conclusion(s): The author makes several points. First and foremost, this practice is overused. It
also leads to unnecessary injuries and deaths because of the stealth of its nature. People
awakened in the middle of the night because somebody busts through their door grab their
guns and are in turn killed, or kill officers. Wrong addresses have been raided, and innocent
bystanders – neighbors or other people living in the household, have been harmed and killed.
Law suits filed by victims have cost taxpayers millions of dollars for wrongful-death lawsuits,
etc. Household pets have been killed as well. The tremendous lack of data, resulting from lack
of legislation requiring reporting of these measures, makes it difficult to determine the financial
and human cost of these police actions. Unlike other times SWAT teams are deployed, these
actions are brought on by the police rather than a person engaged in a form of civil
disobedience. The judges who sign the warrant are oftentimes not legally equipped to
understand the ramifications. In addition, the information provided on the warrant may or may
not be accurate.
Analysis: In Georgia, an eager police deputy recruited an informant, who in turn went to a drug
house with his wife and roommate. Based on the information provided by the roommate (not
an approved informant), the deputy then requested and was granted a warrant for forcible
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entry. No further surveillance took place, and the deputy only ran the person’s criminal records,
which produced prior drug-related convictions. However, the deputy asserted the request was
based on surveillance, the testimony of a longstanding informant (he was not, and the
information was not from him), and the criminal history. The judge signed off, and in the
aftermath a baby was gravely harmed in the home. “The affidavit included inaccuracies and
hyperbole. It asserted incorrectly that Mr. Fry — the only informant formally certified by the
police — had bought the drugs, rather than Mr. Wood. Deputy Autry described Mr. Fry as “a
true and reliable informant,” even though he had not made a buy before that night. Despite the
lack of surveillance, she wrote that she had “confirmed that there is heavy traffic in and out of
Synthesis: There seems to be a need to collect data of these types of police operations to find
out if they are used appropriately, and also if the officers involved have appropriate training as
the article points out that many smaller, rural departments select officers from within their
ranks who train on their own time. This is not consistent with the image the public has of these
officers being selected because of their skills and ethics. There does not seem to be any
professional development and certification requirement, though this might be misleading.
There also seems to be a link between the militarization of police forces and SWAT teams. The
article, since it is a feature, displays bias for reforms.
Evaluation: This article is in crass contrast to the way SWAT teams are generally portrayed in
the media, where these units are usually shown to have unwavering integrity, sharp analytical
skills, good negotiation skills, etc. They also practice and are required to meet stringent
standards. The reality seems to be quite different, and these expectations set forth in the form
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of entertainment clash with common police practices. Interestingly enough, police officers also
seem to identify with the ideal the media perpetuates. The gap between media portrayal and
reality leads to further alienation between citizens and police officers, and creates further
“Forcible-entry methods have become common practice over the last quarter century through
a confluence of the war on drugs, the rise of special weapons and tactics squads, and Supreme
Court rulings that have eroded Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable
searches.” [add page numbers if available]
“In some instances when officers have been killed, suspects with no history of violence, found
with small quantities of drugs, have wound up facing capital murder charges, and possible
death sentences.” [add page numbers if available]
We looked at the origins of zombies earlier this semester and explored what it originally
meant to become zombified. Apply the definition we arrived at to a marginalized group
within our society and argue the consequences this group is experiencing. The essay
must explore opposing views and counter those or make concessions. Examples of
markginalized groups are:
Illnesses (e.g. drug addiction, Alzheimer’s, mental illness)
These are just some examples, and while you are welcome to develop one of the above
ideas further, feel free to explore other ideas as well.
Your essay must incorporate critical thinking and logical reasoning supported with
information from scholarly sources. You must incorporate a minimum of ten (10)
scholarly sources which are cited both within the text and on the Works Cited page. The
essay must follow MLA Style.
Learning Outcomes This essay reinforces the following learning outcomes for this course:
Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative
Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary
sources within focused academic arguments, including
one or more research-based essays.
Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the
ethical and logical uses of evidence.
Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds
credibility, and inspires belief or action.
Apply the conventions of style manuals for specific
academic disciplines (e.g., APA, CMS, MLA, etc.)
Critical Thinking – to include creative thinking, innovation,
inquiry, and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of
Communication – to include effective development,
interpretation, and expression of idea through written, oral,
and visual communication.
Teamwork – to include the ability to consider different
points of view and to work effectively with others to support
a shared purpose or goal.
Personal Responsibility – to include the ability to connect
choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decisionmaking.
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Select all that apply:
To express oneself
Experts within the field your essay explores
This is a statement of your attitude toward the narrowed down topic you developed.
Header in the upper right-hand corner, 0.5 inches from the
edge of the page, containing your last name and the page
1-inch margins on all sides
Typed in a legible font
Font size 12
Personal information in the upper left corner of the first
page with your first and last name, the professor’s name,
the course information, and the date (day month year)
You are expected to use the spelling conventions of modern Edited American English.
Be sure to use spell-check before submitting an essay for review or grading.
To receive an A, no significant mistakes;
To receive a B, a few minor mistakes;
To receive a C, a few significant mistakes, or minor mistakes in portions of the essay;
To receive a D, minor and/or significant mistakes throughout the essay;
Significant amount of mistakes throughout the essay will result in a failing grade.
Each of your paragraphs should contain only one single topic declared in a topic
sentence. All the information provided in that paragraph must be connected to that topic
sentence, and each paragraph must support the thesis statement of the essay located
at the end of the first paragraph. You want to expand essays beyond the 5-paragraph
To receive an A, no mistakes;
To receive a B, no more than 1 paragraph mistakes;
To receive a C, no more than 2 paragraph mistakes;
To receive a D, no more than 3 paragraph mistakes;
More than 3 paragraph mistakes will result in a failing grade
The flow of your essay comes in great part from the proper use of transitions between
paragraphs, but also between sentences within paragraphs. All thoughts should be
connected with transitions.
To receive an A, no transitional mistakes;
To receive a B, no more than 2 transitional mistakes;
To receive a C, no more than 4 transitional mistakes;
To receive a D, no more than 6 transitional mistakes;
More than 6 transitional mistakes will result in a failing grade.
The research-based argument should show the following abilities:
To single out a group that meets the criteria discussed in
To write an introductory paragraph that gets your readers’
attention, provides some background information, and sets
the tone for the essay
To use the second paragraph of the essay to introduce the
assumptions your essay is based on. Introduce any
definition needed as a basis for the argument, and set
parameters and limitations to fend off counterargments.
To provide a clearly stated, concise thesis statement at the
end of the second paragraph that states your stance
clearnly but avoids the problems discussed earlier this
semester in class (see presentation titled “Abou Thesis
To identify a minimum of seven (7) main ideas which are
discussed in separate body paragraphs
To use at least one of these body paragraphs to
acknowledge opposing viewpoints and employ
counterargument or concession
To cite a minimum of ten (10) scholarly sources to support
information and reasoning presented in this essay, both
within the text and on the Works Cited page
To include a minimum of two (2) citations from scholarly
sources per paragraph
To start each body paragraph with a clearly stated topic
sentence introducing its main idea
To use both logos and ethos throughout the essay
To organize and present your information in a way that
allows the reader to follow your thought process easily
Toend with a concise conclusion that revisits the main
ideas and summarizes how these support the thesis
To receive an A, you have to demonstrate excellent skills
in all areas;
To receive a B, you mostly have to demonstrate
accomplishment of the skills;
To receive a C, you have to somewhat achieve the display
of these skills;
To receive a D, you demonstrate a poor attempt of
achieving these skills;
An unacceptable attempt to display these skills will result
in a failing grade.
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