The HBO limited series WE OWN THIS CITY, by George Pelecanos and David Simon, and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green begins April 25
The six-episode limited series WE OWN THIS CITY, debuts MONDAY, APRIL 25 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
Logline: Based on the book by Baltimore Sun journalist Justin Fenton, WE OWN THIS CITY chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trail Task Force and the corruption and collapse morale that have hit an American city in which drug prohibition policies and mass arrests have been championed at the expense of real police work.
Main cast: Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector, McKinley Belcher III, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Josh Charles, Dagmara Domińczyk, Rob Brown, Don Harvey, David Corenswet, Larry Mitchell, Ian Duff, Delaney Williams and Lucas Van Engen.
Guest stars include: Treat Williams, Gabrielle Carteris, Tray Chaney, Domenick Lombardozzi, Thaddeus Street, Jermaine Crawford, Nathan E. Corbett, Chris Clanton, Anwan Glover, Bobby Brown, Michael Salconi, Susan Rome, Kim Tuvin and Maria Broom.
· Character descriptions can be found HERE.
Jon Bernthal as Sergeant. Wayne Jenkins of the Baltimore Police Department, perhaps the central figure in the sprawling federal corruption case centered on the agency’s gun-tracing task force, an undercover unit that has gone completely rogue and began hunting and robbing citizens and drug dealers as decades of an unrelenting war on drugs and mass incarceration in Baltimore spiraled out of control.
Wunmi Mosaku as Nicole Steele, an attorney assigned to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, who was investigating police practices in Baltimore prior to the Gun Trail Task Force’s criminal investigation. Focused on creating a voluntary and controlled federal consent decree aimed at reform, Steele’s work focuses on the systemic reasons for police corruption and excused misbehavior by prosecutors, judges and the police department of the city of Baltimore.
Jamie Hector as Sean M. Suiter, a Baltimore City homicide detective who was caught in the GTTF case and called to testify before a federal grand jury. Tragically, Suiter finds he cannot move past his past.
McKinley Belcher III as Momodu “G Money” Gondo, an 11-year BPD veteran and member of the gun-tracing task force, involved in robberies, fraudulent overtime, and other acts of corruption. He was involved in protecting a heroin operation run by Antonio “Brill” Shropshire. Gondo served as an information line and protector to Shropshire, and made little effort to conceal this connection.
Darrell Britt-Gibson as Jemell Rayam, one of the most brazen delinquents caught in the GTTF investigation. Rayam committed racketeering, extortion, overtime fraud, theft, and unlawful detention; entered residences without a warrant; and was involved in three shootings that left one person dead. Over the years, he has been targeted in multiple investigations by the Department of Internal Affairs but suffered little consequence.
Josh Charles as Daniel Hersl, an arrogant and blustering cop known among Baltimore locals for his occasional brutality and has been the subject of multiple citizen complaints. Hersl was effectively banned from the Eastern District prior to his transfer to the GTTF.
Dagmara Domińczyk as Erika Jensen, a New York native who, forced by 9/11 terrorism to join the Bureau, led the federal investigation into corrupt GTTF officers with task force officer John Sieracki.
Rob Brown as Maurice Ward, another plainclothes man in the gun-tracing task force, who has been involved in many of the unit’s robberies, robberies, and illegal activities, but has been disturbed by this involvement throughout, occasionally throwing away the proceeds of crimes. Facing the federal investigation and put in charge of the rest of the unit, he was among the first to unequivocally cooperate with prosecutors.
Don Harvey as John Sieracki, a second-generation city cop assigned to the Public Corruption Task Force and working out of the FBI office in Woodlawn. Sieracki provided the federal investigation with key knowledge about the BPD and access to its databases.
David Corenswet as David McDougall, a veteran Harford County Narcotics Task Force investigator. McDougall and Detective Scott Kilpatrick, his colleague in the nearby Baltimore County narcotics unit, began work on the drug overdoses that sparked the GTTF investigation.
Larry Mitchell as Scott Kilpatrick, a veteran investigator with the Baltimore County Narcotics Task Force. Kilpatrick and Detective David McDougall, his narcotics unit colleague from nearby Harford County, began work on the drug overdoses that sparked the GTTF investigation.
Ian Duff as Ahmed Jackson, a former Justice Department lawyer tired of criminal prosecution and transferred to the Civil Rights Office. Jackson is newly assigned to Nicole Steele’s team and is mentored by her as they investigate systemic policing issues in Baltimore.
Delaney Williams as Kevin Davis, the police commissioner hired after the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, who is caught between the proverbial rock and several tight spots, unable to reform the Baltimore City Police Department and to please the town hall, community leaders, the police union, and its rank and file officers.
Lucas Van Engen as Leo Wise, a veteran federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore and the lead prosecutor in charge of the Gun Trace Task Force case.
· Credits: Created and produced by George Pelecanos and David Simon; directed and produced by Reinaldo Marcus Green; executive produced by Nina K. Noble, Ed Burns and Kary Antholis. Co-executive producer Bill Zorzi. Writers include Pelecanos, Simon, Burns, Zorzi and D. Watkins.