'The Wire' Creator David Simon Calls for End to Baltimore Riots

By THR Staff

The Wire creator David Simon has called for an end to looting and riots in Baltimore.

Rioters took to the streets Monday after thousands mourned the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died of an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody April 19. Gray’s funeral was held Monday.

Simon, a former Baltimore-Sun reporter whose The Wire was set in the city, wrote on his website that there is plenty to be debated in the Gray case, but that “those "claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name” need to stop.

“There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today,” Simon wrote. “But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition [sic] of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.”

Wendell Pierce, known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire, also called for peace in a series of tweets.

Multiple injures have been reported, as well as looting and damage to buildings. Gray’s family requested no one protest. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. A CNN photojournalist tweeted that he was injured while covering the riot.