Fightin’ Words of the Day: Baltimore’s Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld doesn’t care much for how Charm City was portrayed in David Simon’s critically acclaimed TV series The Wire, and doesn’t mind letting everyone know it.
Others might reasonably argue, however that it is not sixty hours of The Wire that will require decades for our city to overcome, as the commissioner claims. A more lingering problem might be two decades of bad performance by a police agency more obsessed with statistics than substance, with appeasing political leadership rather than seriously addressing the roots of city violence, with shifting blame rather than taking responsibility. That is the police department we depicted in The Wire, give or take our depiction of some conscientious officers and supervisors.
Can’t say I agree with the Commish above, but I think he achieved his goal of making a few people laugh and getting his
mug message out to the world on YouTube.