As images of unrest in Baltimore were seen around the world last night, the creator and several cast members of the TV show most associated with the city added their voices to those calling for peace. Andre Royo, who played Bubbles on The Wire, tweeted a call for his "beloved city" to choose "Discipline not Destruction," the Huffington Post reports. Wendell Pierce, who played Baltimore police Detective Bunk Moreland, tweeted that the people behind the rioting were not protesters, but "criminals" disrespectful of the wishes of Freddie Gray's family. He added that a more effective "display of rage" would have been marching to the Justice Department and demanding that it take over the Baltimore police.
Show creator David Simon used his blog to call the violence an "affront" to Gray's memory, Slate reports. "The anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray's name needs to cease. 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," he wrote, saying the destruction diminished the "absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death." "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," the former Baltimore Sun reporter wrote. "Turn around. Go home. Please."