‘The Wire’ Stars Call For End To Baltimore Riots, ‘Baltimore Sun’ Reporter Based Show On Western District

The Wire stars are calling for an end to the Baltimore riots. The hit HBO series was based upon the writings of Baltimore Sun reporter, David Simon. The show was focused on the crime and culture of the western district of “Charm City.”

One of the most recognizable western district Baltimore landmarks of The Wire was burned to the ground during the Baltimore Purge looting, arson, and violence on Monday evening. The corner store where popular character, Omar Little, was killed, was among the 15 businesses burned by rioters after the Freddie Gray funeral.

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The Wire actors, Wendell Pierce, who played Detective William ‘Bunk’ Moreland, and Andre Royo, who played Reginald ‘Bubbles’ Cousins, posted their call for the Baltimore riots violence and looting to stop, on Twitter.

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“Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will,” Wendell Pierce tweeted. Pierce also starred in Treme, an HBO series about life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The actor, who is from the NOLA area, has been active in efforts to rebuild and restore “Crescent City” for many years.

The Wire creator, David Simon, released a statement on his website calling for the Baltimore rioters to go home.

“Yes, there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed. 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. 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.”

Simon went on to say that the “anger, selfishness and brutality” in Freddie Gray’s name needed to stop. The Gray family has also repeatedly called for peaceful protests and an end to the violence and looting.

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The experiences of David Simon when he wrote for the Baltimore Sun were used as the basis of The Wire. During each season of the HBO series, Simon focused on a different aspect of the struggles and problems in the western district of Baltimore.

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