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Actor who played Bodie in 'The Wire' recalls being 'slammed' to ground by police in Baltimore

With the sins of some Baltimore police officers in the news in recent weeks, this testimony from actor J.D.Williams, who played Bodie in “The Wire,” about his experience with cops here while filming the HBO show seems especially relevant.

His recollection comes courtesy of an engrossing oral history of the series by Jonathan Abrams titled “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.” It went on sale Tuesday. Read an excerpt from Andre Royo, aka Bubbles, here.

J.D. WILLIAMS (PRESTON “BODIE” BROADUS): Baltimore closed down two o’clock sharp, and I mean sharp. So, I came outside of the club one night, not moving fast enough for the police or just not being where I was supposed to be. The police, they grabbed me, slammed me down into the gutter. I was dressed up. It was a nice suit, and they slammed me down into the gutter, put the ties on me, and threw me in the truck, and they held me there. That was two o’clock when they took me in, and I didn’t get out until about ten o’clock in the morning. I had to walk home.

My point in that story was about how the police, particularly Baltimore police, at that time, how they just respond without thinking and with force. It could’ve turned really ugly and really dangerous really quickly Thank God it didn’t. I’m sure that type of occurrence was common, if it’s not still common now. That was my first year down there, so I had to learn Baltimore quick.

Excerpted from ALL THE PIECES MATTER: The Inside Story of The Wire®. Copyright © 2018 by Jonathan Abrams. Published by Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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