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We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption in an American City

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What a find!’: Cole Martin, right, in the title role of My Name is Leon. BBC/Douglas Road Productions Full disclosure: As the author of a piece for The BBC analyzing why critics chose The Wire as the best show of the 21st century so far, I am arguably one of those fans.) Bringing Jenkins and his ilk to justice does not mean Baltimore’s problems are resolved. As of late March, 76 people had been murdered so far this year, up from 65 over the same period in 2021. Another 156 people had been injured in shootings, up from 115 in the corresponding period. The city had also recorded 714 robberies, an increase of almost 25%.

A] searing look at [Baltimore's] recent police corruption scandal...Fans of TV series such as Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire based on journalist David Simon's groundbreaking coverage of Baltimore will be engrossed." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) Fenton especially excels at the telling of a complex, exciting story based on voluminous research without the depiction of overwhelming statistics and data dragging into the storytelling. Fenton is also successful at portraying those targeted by Jenkins and his fellow police officers in a sympathetic manner even though they themselves are clearly not angels. While these patrons of the streets are committing criminal acts themselves, Fenton is still able to place a human face upon them. He also points out, as victims of robberies, home invasions, or planted or fabricated evidence, these targets realize it is futile to report such incidents because they know whose word will be believed. But these challenges continue and I wonder how we will know if the department has fixed itself. How do we measure that, how do we quantify that, especially given the deep-seated bad feelings about this department?”My Name Is Leon is subtle and nuanced but impactful, with a star-studded cast, though you barely see some of them. Lenny Henry is an executive producer, but appears only briefly in allotment scenes; it’s the same deal with Christopher Eccleston’s character. Plaudits go to the ever brilliant Dolan – kindly fussing in layered knits – and an initially unrecognisable Olivia Williams as Maureen’s deliciously acerbic chain-smoking sister. As for Cole Martin, what a find! In a complex tale taking in family breakdown, the care system, race and Leon’s agonising separation from Jake (”Is it because he is white and I am not?)”, he breathes raw truth into every moment.

It's as if the guys who had learned the worst elements of police work from the drug war and had failed to learn how to police properly...they're the ones explaining to the next generation of guys who are now coming on how not to do the job," Simon added. Police trained to disregard official training I fought this war,” Treat Williams, playing a retired detective, tells Steele regarding the drug war. “It was lost when I got there. And I did nothing but lose in my time.”


United States v. Police Department of Baltimore City, et. al., Civil No. JBK-17-99, Consent Decree (filed Jan. 12, 2017) In We Own This City, Justin Fenton has produced a work of journalism that not only chronicles the rise and fall of a corrupt police unit, but can stand as the inevitable coda to the half-century of disaster that is the American drug war.' David Simon In We Own This City, Justin Fenton has produced a work of journalism that not only chronicles the rise and fall of a corrupt police unit but can stand as the inevitable coda to the half-century of disaster that is the American drug war. Born of fearmongering and race-baiting, that conflict has now, in the end, not only dehumanized millions and savaged cities but has also, with some irony, destroyed police work itself. Baltimore, and by extension urban America, has been crawling into this abyss for decades, and nothing, not even utter failure, was going to stop us. We have arrived." - David Simon, author of Homicide, co-author of The Corner, and creator of The Wire The cast includes Jon Bernthal ( The Walking Dead, Show Me a Hero),Josh Charles ( The Good Wife, In Treatment), Wunmi Mosaku ( Lovecraft Country), and Jamie Hector ( BOSCH, The Wire), among many others. See the full cast here.

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