The Graham Factor

The Graham Factor
A Street-Level Take On Crime And Policing
Created 01 Feb 2021
  • Guest Factor: Just a feeling
    29 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 14 7
    “Sorry Sarge, I don’t know why this keeps happening.” (ABC13) Today’s Guest Factor comes from James, who was formerly a police officer in a major West Coast city. He left for a suburban job after the ...
  • November Open Thread
    15 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 16 15
    I’ve got some stuff in the works, but it’s been a busy month. Here’s some policing news from around the country. Our friend PO Potatoes, a Chicago cop who has spoken to us before, breaks the news that...
  • October Thread
    15 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 8 24
    First, two follow-ups — After my last post on police legitimacy, I came across this study by Justin Nix. It goes back to Weber and argues that legitimacy is heavily based on “tradition” — i.e. if you ...
  • Why I'm cynical about police reform
    11 Oct 2021 • 17 min read • 28 43
    When I joined a police department, I joined a big city department that was under a lot of scrutiny — including a federal consent decree. In the academy, some of the recruits headed for different polic...
  • Is the police "legitimacy crisis" legitimate?
    25 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 17 13
    President Obama and his Commission on 21st Century Policing Over at National Review, Charles Fain Lehman has a good article criticizing activists and academics who have decided to pin the rise in crim...
  • September Open Thread
    15 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 9 18
    Odds and ends about policing from around the country: 1) The Biden Administration’s Solicitor General is now siding against local police officers in lawsuits against cops that reach the Supreme Court ...
  • The men on the wall
    11 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 21 4
    You walk into the precinct, and there they are: The faces and names of officers killed in the line of duty. Some of them are from your precinct, some of them are from another. Some of them were killed...
  • Guest Factor: Policing the Windy City
    04 Sep 2021 • 17 min read • 18 2
    Measured in raw numbers, Chicago is America’s most violent city. So far this year, over 3,000 people have been shot and over 500 have been murdered. It’s also where “P.O. Potatoes” works as a police o...
  • Guest Factor: Honors and duties
    29 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 22 12
    Longtime readers know I am no longer a police officer, so I try to ensure the Graham Factor presents the perspectives of other cops — especially those currently working. I encourage any active or reti...
  • August Open Thread
    23 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 20 38
    A few notes about policing from around the country: 1) In Chicago, after the murder of Officer Ella French, cops were broadcasting “Fuck [First Deputy Superintendent] Eric Carter” on multiple zones. T...
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