Charm City’s Top Cop: Frederick H. Bealefeld, Commissioner of Baltimore Police, does not care for your “critically acclaimed television.” Why couldn’t McNulty be a hip, cool CSI type? source
I have so many issues with this guy’s spiel (you’re upset because the characters in The Wire aren’t as pretty as the ones on CSI: Miami? Are you fucking joking?), but I’m at work and don’t have the time to address them. However, David Simon’s response is worth reading. Especially:
But publicly, let me state that The Wire owes no apologies — at least not for its depiction of those portions of Baltimore where we set our story, for its address of economic and political priorities and urban poverty, for its discussion of the drug war and the damage done from that misguided prohibition, or for its attention to the cover-your-ass institutional dynamic that leads, say, big-city police commissioners to perceive a fictional narrative, rather than actual, complex urban problems as a cause for righteous concern.