We Own This City

George Pelecanos and David Simon (The Wire) are joined by director Reinaldo Marcus Green to bring their latest series to life. Here’s what to know so far:

What’s it about?

Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, We Own This City is a six-hour limited series chronicling the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force — and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work.

Who is in the cast?

So far, actors Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Show Me a Hero), Josh Charles (The Good Wife, In Treatment), and Jamie Hector (BOSCH, The Wire), and more have joined the cast, with others to be announced:

Jon Bernthal plays Sgt. Wayne Jenkins of the Baltimore Police Department, perhaps the central figure in the sprawling federal corruption case that centered on the agency’s Gun Trace Task Force, a plainclothes unit that went completely rogue and began hunting and robbing citizens and drug dealers alike as decades of a relentless drug war and mass incarceration in Baltimore spun wildly out of control.

Josh Charles portrays Daniel Hersl, a cocky, swaggering cop known amongst Baltimore residents for his casual brutality and was the subject of multiple citizen complaints. Hersl was effectively banned from the Eastern District before his move to the GTTF.

Jamie Hector plays Sean M. Suiter, a Baltimore City Homicide detective who was caught up in the GTTF case and called to testify before a federal grand jury. Tragically, Suiter finds he can’t outrun his past.

Thaddeus Street (The Deuce) plays James Otis, a Baltimore resident and HVAC repairman, who was scraping by to support a large family until he was robbed and locked up by GTTF Detective Daniel Hersl.

Tray Chaney (The Wire) plays Gordon Hawk, a recent addition to the Harford County Narcotics Task Force, who was working alongside Cpl. David McDougall on the early drug overdose casework that set the GTTF probe in motion.

Jermaine Crawford (The Wire) plays Jaquan Dixon, a young BPD patrolman who is still trying to do the job well, even as the police department standards begin to fail.

Nathan E. Corbett (The Wire) plays Tariq Touré, a West Baltimore author and community activist, who helps Nicole Steele better understand the issues facing Baltimoreans under BPD policies as she works to finalize the Consent Decree.

Chris Clanton (The Wire) plays Brian Hairston, a Baltimore cop who isn’t afraid to speak up when he sees police misconduct or unsound strategies.‌

Who’s behind the scenes?

Pelecanos and Simon will serve as writers and executive producers, alongside longtime collaborators Nina K. Noble as an executive producer, and Ed Burns as a writer/executive producer. Reinaldo Marcus Green will direct and also be an executive producer on the series. HBO Alum, Kary Antholis will also be an executive producer, Bill Zorzi will be a writer/co-executive producer, and writer D. Watkins also joins the team.‌

What should I watch while I wait?

Stream any of the David Simon and George Pelecanos titles below (several collaborations) to hold you over, and check back here for more updates on We Own This City.


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