*As protests turned ugly Monday in Baltimore, several cast members and the creator of HBO’s “The Wire” – which was set in and filmed around the city – are speaking out about the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a severed spine in police custody.
Actors Andre Royo and Wendell Pierce both tweeted about the crisis, while David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun police reporter who created the gritty police drama, penned a lengthy article on his personal blog.
“The anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease,” Simon wrote on his blog.
“To my Beloved city Baltimore … I feel your pain. Stand up … rise UP without breaking down! Discipline not Destruction,” tweeted Royo, who played drug addict and police informant Bubbles.
Pierce, who portrayed detective William “Bunk” Moreland, criticized the protestors. “Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will,” he tweeted.
“I’m watching the Fruit of Islam, men of the Nation of Islam attempting to stop the violence and working with the police to restore calm,” he continued.
Meanwhile Baltimore native Felicia Pearson, who played drug dealer Felicia “Snoop” Pearson on the series wrote on her Instagram page: “Please pray for my city please.”
“The Wire,” a drama about the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and the print news media in Baltimore, aired on HBO from 2002 to 2008.