Cast and crew from the HBO series “The Wire” are speaking out against the violent events Monday in Baltimore, where rioters are throwing bricks at police, destroying cop cars and looting local businesses.
“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,” David Simon, the creator of the television series about Baltimore, wrote on his blog on Monday night. “Turn around. Go home. Please.”
Andre Royo, who played the character Bubbles in the show, on Monday called for “Discipline not Destruction” in response to the death of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a severed spinal chord suffered after being arrested by police in Baltimore.
To my Beloved city Baltimore..I feel your pain. Stand up..rise UP without breaking down! Discipline not Destruction. #VictorynotVictims
— Andre Royo (@AndreRoyo) April 27, 2015
Wendell Pierce, who played detective Bunk Moreland in “The Wire,” also tweeted his disgust with the violence.
Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will.
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) April 27, 2015
Asked on Twitter what he thought about the events, Tray Chaney, who played Poot Carr in the show, said he was “upset” and was “gathering a bunch of thoughts.”
@imgutter718 I'm upset & gathering a bunch of thoughts
— Tray Chaney (@traychaney) April 27, 2015
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
— Tray Chaney (@traychaney) April 28, 2015