As the riots in Baltimore worsen following the death and funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the cast of The Wire have spoken out.
Baltimore was home to the critically acclaimed HBO show for five seasons and focused around the city’s police department’s fight against the ever-expanding drug war that surrounded them.
First to speak out was Wendell Pierce, who played detective Bunk Moreland:
Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will.
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) April 27, 2015
What would have been a great display of rage would have been going to the DOJ and demanding a meeting with Loretta Lynch on her 1st day.
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) April 27, 2015AdvertisementAdvertisement
A display of rage would be demanding the Dept of Justice to take over Baltimore police with a Consent Decree with our demands defining it
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) April 27, 2015Advertisement
Then Andre Royo, who played Bubbles, urged Baltimore locals to demonstrate peacefully:
To my Beloved city Baltimore..I feel your pain. Stand up..rise UP without breaking down! Discipline not Destruction. #VictorynotVictims
— Andre Royo (@AndreRoyo) April 27, 2015
Following on from this, show creator David Simon waded in on his website:
The anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease. Here was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today. But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death. If you can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore.
Turn around. Go home. Please.