Since he has a new show coming out, David Simon is giving interviews again. On Tuesday, Salon talked to the creator of The Wire about his new project “Show Me a Hero” and how it compares to his other shows. Then, at the end, interviwer Sonia Saraiya asks Simon about police brutality.
Simon holds forth on policing in the 21st century, but the interview ends with what really makes him mad.
“What’s happened in Baltimore with that riot was inevitable and understandable — but what drove me crazy about a lot of the immediate response, particularly from outside of Baltimore, was it’s not only inevitable and understandable — it’s good.”
Simon rails against writers from outside Baltimore who said the riots were the only way for people in West Baltimore to be heard. He even had a couple of f-yous for them.
“Right now we’re trying to end this draconian behavior. The optics are such that for the votes and for the consensus you need in the rest of America, what’s playing on CNN and what’s going to play on CNN, inevitably, is the fires and the looting, and the optics were horrible.”
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