Debating 'The Wire' Creator on Baltimore Arrests

I said David Simon was being misleading. He responded.

Part of the problem? Maybe, but no longer for mass arrests.

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Last week, I wrote a response to an interview David Simon gave to Bill Keller of the Marshall Project, about the link between Baltimore police practices and last month's riots. In that interview, Simon, creator of "The Wire," argued that former Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley's strategy of “mass arrests” were in large measure responsible for the death of Freddie Gray and the violence that ensued. I pointed out two statistics that Simon omitted from his analysis:  

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