HBO announces April 25 premiere of ‘We Own This City’ miniseries based on former Sun reporter Justin Fenton’s book – Baltimore Sun


“We Own This City,” a six-part miniseries based on a book by former Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, will debut on HBO on April 25.

According to a Tuesday press release from WarnerMedia, the series created by David Simon and George Pelecanos – the team behind “The Wire” – “recounts the rise and fall of the department’s gun-tracing task force. police force in Baltimore and the corruption and moral collapse that has befallen an American city in which policies of drug interdiction and mass arrests have been championed at the expense of actual police work.

The miniseries, which was filmed in Baltimore last fall, is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green; his most recent project, the 2021 film “King Richard” is still playing in area cinemas.

“We Own This Town” stars Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”; “The Wolf of Wall Street”) as Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, the former task force leader serving 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2017 to on federal racketeering charges for robbing citizens, conducting warrantless searches, and seizing drugs that he returned to a surety friend on bail to resell.

Baltimore native Josh Charles (“Sports Night” and “The Good Wife”) will play the former officer Daniel Hersl, who racked up dozens of misconduct complaints during his 15 years on the service but received relatively few penalties.

And Jamie Hector (“The Wire” and “Bosch”) will play the former Det. Sean Suiter, who was shot and killed in 2017 under mysterious circumstances. Suiter died a day before he was due to testify before a federal grand jury investigating allegations that he planted drugs at the scene of a fatal accident in 2010. Suiter had denied any knowledge of the drug planting and had been granted limited immunity to testify in the case.


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