“Warring Against a Neighborhood”: A Conversation With David Simon on Police Brutality and the War on Drugs

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 19: David Simon, creator of the television show "The Wire", poses for a portrait on September 19, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images for the MacArthur Foundation)

Editor’s Note: David Simon is a former police reporter for the Baltimore Sun, which enabled the research for his book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. He is best known for his Emmy Award-winning show “The Wire,” which detailed the institutions and lives of Simon’s native Baltimore. He spoke at Williams on Wednesday, September 14, as part of the Class of ’71 Public Affairs Forum on Inequality. While visiting, he set aside some time to speak with the Alternative. Below is an unedited transcript of that conversation.

Williams AlternativeWell, let’s just begin. Obviously you’re a police reporter from from Baltimore. So my first question is how do you feel that Black Lives Matter has affected Baltimore and the way you think about Baltimore?Read more