Freddie Gray Protests: “The Wire” Members Urge Demonstrators To End Violence
“The Wire,” which aired for five seasons from 2002 till 2008, depicted the life of the people and the city of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department. It is considered as the greatest TV show in history.
The violence instigated on the day Gray, who was arrested by Baltimore police on grounds unknown until now, died after suffering from a spinal injury while in custody of the police. The case is currently under investigation by Baltimore officials and Department of Justice.
Andre Royo, who played Bubbles on the show, asked citizens to not be hostile in their protests.
Wendell Pierce, who played detective Bunk Moreland, emphasized that protesting did not mean attacking police officers and setting off violence.
David Simon, who worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun before creating the show, condemned the people using means of destruction as an excuse to protest against Gray’s death.
“Yes, there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed,” Simon wrote in a post for The Audacity of Despair. “And this moment, as inevitable as it has sometimes seemed, can still, in the end, prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city. Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard. All of that is true and all of that is still possible, despite what is now loose in the streets.
“But now—in this moment—the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease. There 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.”
Demonstrations quickly began during the weekend after Gray’s death, and increased in magnitude on Monday, forcing Governor Larry Hogan to impose a 10 p.m. curfew and declare a state of emergency. According to CNN, 15 police officers were injured.
Twenty seven people were detained.
As a precaution, the Orioles-White Sox game at Camden Yards was cancelled. Spectators in attendance of the game on Saturday were informed in the ninth inning that they couldn’t leave the ballpark due to the violence outside the gates. However, the gates were opened after 30 minutes.
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