What we see in many places is that while you can bring crime down by occupying the neighborhood and stopping everybody, what you do in the process is lose that neighborhood. … You fuel the idea that the police are an occupying, inimical force in the neighborhood. You play into these real and toxic racial memories about what came before civil rights. And you can make it work in many places, but you can’t stop. You can’t ever say, ‘We’ve won. Things are good. Things are stable,’ because you have driven them into hiding.

David M. Kennedy, on programs that target specific geographic areas through car and pedestrian stops in order to stop crime.  (via nprfreshair)

Listening to this ep of Fresh Air, seems interesting for people who have never seen The Wire. J/K! It’s actually an interesting alternative to that show’s nihilism.

(via nprfreshair)

  • mike: also I've reached a conclusion that season 5 of the wire is really good if you view it as absurdist comedy
  • me: tell me more about the wire, i like that theory
  • mike: basically i realized how absolutely hilarious the whole bit is with the fake serial killer
  • especially the mcnulty/templeton interactions
  • buñuel would be proud

This article, written as though The Wire actually was a Victorian novel as opposed to a television show continuously drawing comparisons to it, will be the best thing you read all day.  If you are a nerd.  Major props to The Hooded Utilitarian, whoever they are.