Toulmin Argument

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Abby Boyce
English 1201
Professor McGehee
10/22/2012
Cover Sheet
a) Who is your audience?
My audience applies to everyone in the US. My audience is very broad because my topic touches base on an issue that can or could potentially affect anyone directly or indirectly as well. b) How would you like your readers to describe the personality you present on the page? My personality is confident. I believe in my argument and feel strongly about it. c) What question does your paper answer?

It answers the question as to whether or not there is an issue with police brutality. d) What’s your thesis/claim?
Something needs to be done immediately to end the violence and inappropriate discipline being inflicted on our citizens. The harsh discipline we are discovering is being used more and more often should not be tolerated.

Abby Boyce
English 1201
Professor McGehee
10/22/2012
Toulmin Questionnaire
Claim Questions:
What’s my claim?
Something needs to be done immediately to end the violence and inappropriate discipline being inflicted on our citizens. The harsh discipline we are discovering is being used more and more often should not be tolerated. Is it valid? What makes it valid?

-Yes. It’s valid because I have lots of evidence and quotes from sources to back me up as well as strong warrants and backing to help support me as well. I truly believe in my claim and will defend it fully. Is it practical? Can it actually be acted out?

Yes, and yes. It touches base on a topic that is growing and becoming a big problem in society. Using “sociological terms” it is becoming a macro problem. It’s no longer a micro one. Are there qualifications I must make to my claim?

I’m not necessarily sure this question pertains well to my topic specifically, but I don’t feel there are any qualifications I must obtain to be able to state and back up my claim other than the fact that you must have some good evidence and knowledge on the topic. What will be some possible challenges to my claim?

Some may oppose by saying the media is making police brutality into a bigger issue than it really is, or that the violence police use is justified as “self-defense”. Who could benefit most from accepting my claim? Who may be harmed or benefit the least? All citizens can benefit. The people that may not agree or like my claim is the police departments who hired police officers who have been offenders of police brutality. Grounds questions:

What are my grounds?
- According to the St. Paul yearly analysis, in 2010 crime rates for homicides alone have shot up 9% since 2001. - “In 1982, the federal government funded a “Police Services Study” in which over 12,000 randomly selected citizens were interviewed in three metropolitan areas. Do I have sufficient evidence to support my claim?

Yes. I used pieces of quotes from the StarTribune as well as statistics from a trusted website. Do I have pieces of evidence that are compelling? Least compelling? Some of my quotes are more coercive than others. The statistics I used are stronger than the quotes I used from the StarTribune because the quotes seem more like an opinion rather than a solid fact. Warrant questions:

What are my Warrants?
- “To believe there is an issue with the criminal justice system, you must recognize the problem as well as believe that cops are not trained to inflict physical abuse on citizens, they are trained to help the community and to only get physical when demonstrating self-defense.” - “Of course believing that cops can be racially discriminating, means that you must believe racism is still a common problem in today’s society.” What other warrants may underlie the ones I have identified? There were a few different warrants I could have made for my grounds. For example, the first I could have said that in order to believe that police are role models you must believe that in most situations cops do or have benefited the community in some way shape or form. Am I prepared to...
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