Police miss the point of the Wire

As a law student, I've witnessed firsthand HBO's The Wire get referenced numerous times in a class.  Any discussion about national drug policy, municipal law, criminal law, or even legal ethics invariably has someone mention something that happened in The Wire.  Set and filmed on location in Baltimore, The Wire, according to creator David Simon, "is nothing more or less than a treatise against the drug war and a policy prohibition that has turned vast tracts of [Baltimore] into a barren battleground in a neverending war of attrition."

While the show's creators attempted to make social commentary via their own personal experiences in Baltimore, the program likely could have featured any urban ghetto in America: Los Angeles, Detroit, or Chicago.  I would argue The Wire's chief criticism of modern American society is the stream of political red-tape and misguided bureaucracy which have blinded the public and distracted our officials from pursuing pragmatic approaches to curing urban decay.

Alas, Baltimore's current police commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III, views the program not as a warning but as a personal smear against Baltimore:



To suggest there's more to learn about America by studying Family Guy suggests some profound bitterness by Commissioner Bealefeld--and perhaps hints that Simon's program hits closer to home than he might like.