*Who would of thunk an HBO series would make the kind of impact “The Wire” has on a whole city? Frederick H. Bealefeld III, Baltimore Police Commissioner, says the show has smeared the city in a way that will take “decades to overcome.”
He told audiences at the Jan. 8 Amplify Baltimore event that the show was the “most unfair use of literary license that we’ve borne witness to.”
He went on a rant that cop shows for L.A., New York, and Florida unfairly portray a fanciful depiction of what it means to be a cop, but when it comes to Baltimore, cops have no hope and live in a world of despair.
“I heard all this stuff about, ‘Well there’s crime shows about L.A., about New York, about Miami,'” Bealefeld said. “You know what Miami gets in their crime show? They get detectives that look like models, and they drive around in sports cars. And you know what New York gets, they get these incredibly tough prosecutors, competent cops that solve the most crazy, complicated cases,” the commissioner vented.
“What Baltimore gets is this reinforced notion that it’s a city full of hopelessness, despair and dysfunction. There was very little effort – beyond self-serving – to highlight the great and wonderful things happening here, and to indict the whole population, the criminal justice system, the school system.”
But television critics have commended “The Wire” for its sheer, raw portrayal of reality. The show had a purpose and accurately demonstrated the “failings of inner city America.”
Former Baltimore Sun reporter, creator David Simon, believes the show is what it needs to be, the truth. He has continued to support the production and showing of the series to continue spreading what he believes is the truth.