The Wire actors plea for peace from Baltimore protesters
Demonstrations against the death of Freddie Gray turned violent Monday afternoon
Some of the cast of Baltimore-set crime show The Wire are asking protestors to demonstrate peacefully at rallies protesting the death of Freddie Gray.
The protests turned violent Monday afternoon, prompting the arrival of U.S. National Guard troops to the city and the imposition of a week-long curfew.
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The show's creator, David Simon, posted a message about the unfolding situation in Baltimore on his website.
Simon acknowledges that "changes are necessary and voices need to be heard," but admonishes those who have turned violent. He accuses the protestors who are using Gray's death as a claim to violence of being angry, selfish and brutal.
"This, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man's memory and a diminution of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death," he wrote.
"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."
Some of the cast, who took to Twitter to express their feelings about the violent turn the protests have taken, seemed to reflect Simon's position.
Wendell Pierce, who played Detective William Moreland during the show's five-season run, called those committing violent acts "criminals."
Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will.—@WendellPierce
He offered more peaceful alternatives that he considered to be great displays of rage, including going to the Department of Justice and demanding a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on her first day in office on Monday.
What would have been a great display of rage would have been going to the DOJ and demanding a meeting with Loretta Lynch on her 1st day.—@WendellPierce
A display of rage would be demanding the Dept of Justice to take over Baltimore police with a Consent Decree with our demands defining it—@WendellPierce
Sonja Sohn, who played Detective Shakima Greggs, retweeted multiple comments on Baltimore. The majority of her tweets focused on what she presented as the source of the problem: "systemic racist oppression."
If you are moralizing property destruction over the lives of Black people...YOU are apart of the problem.—@SmartBlackMan
Wow <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayforBaltimore?src=hash">#PrayforBaltimore</a> <a href="http://t.co/KaSZYH2iJo">pic.twitter.com/KaSZYH2iJo</a>—@MatthewACherry
Andre Royo, who played an informant and drug addict known as Bubbles, said he felt the pain of the people in his city, but asked them not to destroy it.
To my Beloved city Baltimore..I feel your pain. Stand up..rise UP without breaking down! Discipline not Destruction. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VictorynotVictims?src=hash">#VictorynotVictims</a>—@AndreRoyo
Note to self ... "You shouldn't have to hurt nobody to be somebody!" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Humanity?src=hash">#Humanity</a>—@AndreRoyo
Tray Chaney, who played a drug dealer known as Poot, also appealed to the people of Baltimore.
Words to the great people of baltimore city! We all feel the same way, we seriously do but please be safe. Don't let the violence rule over—@traychaney