Cedric Daniels is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by Lance Reddick. Daniels is well regarded in the Baltimore Police Department by making his subordinates focus on decent police work and quality arrests, he has disagreements with higher-ranking officers but for the most part performs well, thereby gained a reputation as both a reliable commander and an above-average investigator within the force, in stark contrast to some of his superiors and equivalents, most of whom display varying degrees of corruption and unreliability. Daniels was investigated by the FBI for corruption prior to the start of the series. By the end of the series, he rises through the ranks to police commissioner but resigns after refusing a political request to manipulate crime statistics; as a result, he starts a new career as a lawyer. Daniels is the lieutenant of the Baltimore Police Department's Narcotics Unit, the shift commander for Detectives Kima Greggs, Ellis Carver, Thomas "Herc" Hauk, his commanding officer is Major Raymond Foerster.
When Jimmy McNulty prompts Judge Daniel Phelan to start asking questions about the Barksdale Organization, Daniels is unable to give Foerster much information on Avon Barksdale, who has managed to operate under the radar until then. Soon afterward, Daniels is given command of the Barksdale detail and appoints Greggs as lead detective. Daniels meets with Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell, who tells him the case should be made with buy busts in a fast, straightforward investigation. Daniels discusses the new assignment with his wife Marla and promises to run the investigation per the wishes of the higher-ups. Marla's own ambitions drive her to pursue a career in politics, Daniels attends political fundraisers with her. At one such function, Daniels finds himself hiding with the politicians' drivers in the kitchen. There, he meets State Senator Clay Davis' driver Damian "Day-Day" Price discovered to be a bag man involved with the Barksdales. Daniels has a difficult relationship with the insubordinate McNulty, informed by his FBI contact that Daniels has $200,000 more in liquid assets than his salary warrants.
Daniels tries to follow Burrell's advice that the operation should be fast and simple, shoots down McNulty's suggestions to mount a surveillance operation. Daniels has difficulties with several other detectives deliberately assigned to the detail because they are considered the worst in the department: Patrick Mahon is injured by Bodie Broadus during a raid and takes early retirement, after which Mahon's partner Augustus Polk takes to drinking and misses several days' work. However, in contrast, Lester Freamon proves to be capable and a huge asset to Daniels' detail. Another problematic assignee to the detail is Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski, a trigger happy detective who had once shot up his own patrol car. Daniels is able to convince Prez's commanding officer, Lieutenant Walter Cantrell, to balance taking Prez out of his hands by assigning him the promising Leander Sydnor. Prez attends an unsanctioned, drunken late-night raid on the Barksdale tower operations with Herc and Carver, during which Prez injures a young boy.
Daniels defends Prez to his superiors and gains the respect of his father-in-law, Major Stan Valchek. Under Daniels' supervision, both Prez and Sydnor become valuable assets to the detail. Elsewhere, Daniels suspects Carver of skimming seized drug money, he leniently gives them one day to return the money rather than turning them in. As the investigation progresses, Daniels' attitude towards the case changes, he risks his career several times in order to protect it. For example, when Major William Rawls wants to issue a murder warrant for D'Angelo Barksdale based on flimsy evidence, Daniels resorts to bypassing the chain of command and persuading Burrell to delay the warrants. Freamon uncovers the Barksdales' campaign contributions to Baltimore political figures, leading Daniels' team to arrest Day-Day. However, rather than seize the Barksdale money in Day-Day's possession, Daniels is forced to return the funds with no further investigation, to avoid raising Davis' ire. Burrell tries to shut the detail down and threatens to reveal the source of Daniels' liquid assets, but Daniels calls his bluff and points out that doing so would bring bad press to the BPD. Daniels is able to determine that Burrell is using Carver as a mole.
The Barksdale investigation ends with the arrests of Avon and D'Angelo, along with soldier Wee-Bey Brice and several other members of the organization. Convictions are secured against all participants, Wee-Bey confesses to several unsolved murders to prevent fallout from reaching other members of the organization. Daniels is left unsatisfied because Avon is convicted for minor offenses, Avon's right-hand man, Stringer Bell, escapes uncharged. Much better results are within Daniels' grasp when his team convinces D'Angelo to testify against the organization. However, D'Angelo's mother Brianna talks him out of it, he ends up taking a 20-year sentence for his family. At the end of the first season, Daniels is passed over for promotion to major in favor of Cantrell. However, he has won the respect of his unit for his dedication to their cases, which surpasses that of their other commanding officers; as punishment for defying Burrell, Daniels is reassigned to evidence control. Daniels contemplates quitting to become a lawyer, but reconsiders when Valchek insists that he be given command of a special detail to investigate stevedore union leader Frank Sobotka.
Daniels realizes Valchek had asked for him in exchange for offering Burrell political support, uses this fact to leverage several pr
David Judah Simon is an American author and television writer and producer best known for his work on The Wire. He worked for the Baltimore Sun City Desk for twelve years, wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, co-wrote The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood with Ed Burns; the former book was the basis for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, on which Simon served as a writer and producer. Simon adapted the latter book into the HBO mini-series The Corner, he was the creator, executive producer, head writer, show runner for all five seasons of the HBO television series The Wire. He adapted the non-fiction book Generation Kill into a television mini-series, served as the show runner for the project, he was selected as one of the 2010 MacArthur Fellows and named an Utne Reader visionary in 2011. Simon created the HBO series Treme with Eric Overmyer, which aired for four seasons. Following Treme, Simon wrote the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero with journalist William F. Zorzi, a colleague first at The Baltimore Sun and again on The Wire.
In August 2015, HBO commissioned two pilots from Simon's company Blown Deadline Productions. The first drama, The Deuce, about the New York porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s, stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-producer James Franco, began airing in September 2017; the second drama is an untitled program exploring a "detailed examination of partisanship" and money in Washington politics, to be co-produced with Carl Bernstein. Simon was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Dorothy Simon, a homemaker, Bernard Simon, a former journalist and public relations director for B'nai B'rith for 20 years. Simon was raised in a Jewish family with roots that originated in Eastern Hungary, he has a brother, Gary Simon, a sister, Linda Evans, who died in 1990. In March 1977, when Simon was still in high school, Simon's father was one of a group of over 140 people held hostage in Washington, D. C. by former national secretary of the Nation of Islam Hamaas Abdul Khaalis in the Hanafi Siege. Simon graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda and wrote for the school newspaper, The Tattler.
In 1983, he graduated from the University of College Park. While at college he wrote and was Editor for The Diamondback, became friends with contemporary David Mills. Upon leaving college, Simon worked as a police reporter at The Baltimore Sun from 1982 to 1995, he spent most of his career covering the crime beat. A colleague has said that Simon loved journalism and felt it was "God's work". Simon says that he was altruistic and was inspired to enter journalism by the Washington Post's coverage of Watergate but became pragmatic as he gained experience. In his career he aimed to tell the best possible story without "cheating it". Simon was a union captain, he remained angry after the strike began to feel uncomfortable in the writing room. He settled on the idea of writing a novel. "I got out of journalism because some sons of bitches bought my newspaper and it stopped being fun," says Simon. In 1988, Simon took a year's leave to go into the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit to write a book.
Simon's leave of absence from The Sun resulted in his first book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. The book was based on his experiences shadowing the Baltimore Police Department homicide unit during 1988; the idea came from a conversation on Christmas Eve 1985 in the unit office, where Det. Bill Lansey told him, "If someone just wrote down what happens in this place for one year, they'd have a goddamn book." Simon approached the police department and the editors of the paper to receive approval. The detectives were slow to accept him, but he persevered in an attempt to "seem … like part of the furniture". However, he soon ingratiated himself with the detectives, saying in the closing notes of the book, "I shared with the detectives a year's worth of fast-food runs, bar arguments and station house humor: Even for a trained observer, it was hard to remain aloof." During one instance, Simon assisted with an arrest. Two detectives Simon was riding with pulled their car to a curb to apprehend two suspects, but Detective Dave Brown got his trenchcoat caught in a seat belt when he tried to exit the car.
Brown told Simon to assist Detective Terry McLarney himself, Simon helped apprehend and search one of the suspects. The book won the 1992 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book; the Associated Press called it "a true-crime classic". The Library Journal highly recommended it, Newsday described it as "one of the most engrossing police procedural mystery books written". Simon credits his time researching the book as altering his writing style and informing work, he learned to be more patient in research and writing, said a key lesson was not promoting himself but concentrating on his subjects. Simon told Baltimore's City Paper in 2003. "I felt Homicide the book and The Corner were not traditional journalism in the sense of coming from some artificially omniscient, objective point of view," said Simon. "They're immersed in the respective cultures that they cover in a way that traditional journalism isn't." The publishers of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets were eager for a screen adaptation and submitted it to numerous directors but there was little interest.
Simon suggested that they send the book to Baltimor
William "The Bunk" Moreland is a fictional character in The Wire, played by Wendell Pierce. Bunk's character is based on a retired Baltimore detective named Oscar "The Bunk" Requer, he is portrayed as a competent, if profane and curmudgeonly detective. Like his best friend Jimmy McNulty, he has problems related to infidelity and alcohol abuse, although he is more mindful than McNulty of the department's chain of command. Bunk attended Edmondson High School in West Baltimore, where he played lacrosse well enough to make the all-city team, he lives in Randallstown, a predominantly African-American suburb, with his wife Nadine and three children. Bunk worked as a patrolman in Baltimore's Southwestern District before becoming a homicide detective. Bunk serves as Jimmy McNulty's lone ally in the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit, informing him of its happenings while chiding him for getting involved in the Barksdale case, he is the primary investigator for the murder of William Gant, who testified against D'Angelo Barksdale.
Omar Little informs Bunk that the shooter is a Barksdale soldier called Bird and agrees to testify against Bird in court. Because of this, Bunk persuades his colleague Ray Cole not to arrest Omar for the murder of Stinkum, a Barksdale associate; when Omar is at the police station, Bunk discovers they attended the same high school, beginning an ongoing association between the two. At Sergeant Jay Landsman's insistence, Bunk and McNulty review the Deirdre Kresson murder, which turns out to be related to the Barksdales and is solved as part of the final arrests of D'Angelo and Wee-Bey Brice. With McNulty having been bumped out to the Marine Unit, Bunk is partnered with Lester Freamon, they are recognized as the most efficient detectives in Homicide. Landsman assigns them to investigate the deaths of fourteen Jane Does in a shipping container at the Port of Baltimore, they are detailed with Officer Beadie Russell from the Port Authority, who found the bodies. Bunk and Freamon track down the ship which carried the container and hold it in port in Philadelphia to question the crew.
None of the crew speaks English, the detectives let the ship go after learning that two crewman jumped ship after Baltimore. Based on a few sparse facts and Freamon deduce that the women were prostitutes being smuggled from overseas, that one of the girls was murdered by a sailor after refusing him sex, the rest were killed for witnessing the crime; the murderer is one of the crewmen. Bunk and Freamon come under heavy criticism from Colonel William Rawls for releasing the ship without getting statements. While working the port case, Bunk worries about the William Gant murder. Bunk reminds McNulty, who finds Omar with help from Greggs' confidential information Bubbles. Omar testifies, Bird is imprisoned for a maximum term. Bunk and Russell return to Philadelphia and find video evidence implicating Sergei Malatov, whose testimony leads to the solving of the Jane Doe murders as well as aids the Major Crimes Unit's investigation into stevedore union treasurer Frank Sobotka; when the city deals with five homicides in one night, Bunk must leave his son with McNulty at an Orioles game.
Bunk recognizes the scene of Omar's drug robberies and mistakenly believes one of the shootout victims, Tosha Mitchell, was a civilian. He continues to investigate her death after Landsman and Colonel Raymond Foerster order him to find the stolen weapon of Kenneth Dozerman, shot and nearly killed in a failed drug bust led by Sergeant Ellis Carver; the brass consider the weapon's recovery a top priority, but Bunk thinks it is a frivolous use of his abilities. Bunk confronts him about the "innocent" victim. Omar informs says he would never kill an innocent person. In response to Omar's statement that no one will talk to Bunk about the murder, Tosha died in the game, Bunk makes Omar feel guilty about his negative influence on the world due to the collapse of West Baltimore. Bunk says that predators like Omar are all that still exist in their old neighborhood, once a community despite its hardships. To assuage this guilt, Omar returns it to Bunk. Bunk is one of the investigators of Stringer Bell's murder.
Bunk does not close the case. Afterward, he tells McNulty that the city's homicide rate will reach 300 by New Year's, noticing how McNulty has slowed down on his consumption of alcohol. Bunk investigates the murder of one of Marlo Stanfield's drug dealers, he is unable to find Curtis "Lex" Anderson. It becomes clear that Lex was murdered. At the same time, Bunk is surprised at McNulty's successful attempts to get his life back on track. Omar contacts Bunk after Chris Partlow frames Omar for killing an innocent woman in a convenience store robbery. Bunk ignores him, but Omar appeals to his sense of honor. Bunk tracks down new evidence proving the witness in Omar's case, Old Face Andre, leading to Omar's release. In exchange, Bunk extracts a promise from Omar to never kill again. In the process, Bunk manages to make an enemy out of Crutchfield, the detective assigned to the Andre case. Freamon is partnered with Bunk again. Freamon manages to find Lex's body and, in the process, more than 20 other bodies, all of which are linked to Stanfield after Bunk gets key testimony from Lex's mother.
Bunk and his colleagues in Homicide deal with budget cutbacks, including no ov
Beatrice "Beadie" Russell is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by actress Amy Ryan. She was featured prominently in the second season, after she discovered thirteen corpses in a container on the Baltimore docks. Russell is introduced into the series as a port authority officer, a work that she's been performing from two years previous, she took the job because she needed the pay to support her two young children after her husband abandoned them. Russell's parents help her with the kids, she found the job unchallenging and spent most of her time patrolling the docks and checking shipping manifests. She developed a friendly working relationship with many of the stevedores, including Frank Sobotka, though she was kept out of the loop regarding major criminal activities within the stevedore's union because of the Port Authority's lack of manpower. In season two, Russell notices a broken customs seal on a container while on patrol and searches the container, finding a hidden compartment filled with thirteen dead bodies of young women.
She is the primary investigator until Officer Jimmy McNulty intervened after noticing that the air vent in the container had been beaten shut, getting the case reassigned to the city Homicide Unit and noticing that the Port Authority lacked the necessary resources to investigate the possible murders. McNulty had fished out a fourteenth body while working for the Marine Unit, an obvious murder. McNulty proceeds with his intervention to spite Major Rawls, who sent him to the marine unit as a punishment on Season 1. Russell is subsequently detailed to Homicide to aid in the investigation, she shows her lack of experience and street knowledge, but she develops some latent talent for police work while working alongside veteran homicide detectives Bunk Moreland and Lester Freamon. Russell moves into Lieutenant Daniels' detail after he agrees to investigate the bodies, where she soon fends off an awkward advance from Herc; the detail is formed to investigate irregularities in the stevedores union's assets, suggesting theft of products from containers and possible ties with contraband and human trafficking, tying the initial detail against union leader Frank Sobotka, fueled by Commander Valchek due to a petty feud with Sobotka, with the investigation regarding the dead women inside the container, fueled by Major Rawls and Deputy Commissioner Burrell.
Her home life makes it difficult for her to work the long hours necessary for the investigation, but she perseveres. She connects with detective Kima Greggs while discussing the balance of a mother's responsibilities and the dangers inherent in their work, enjoys flirting with McNulty both during work and while drinking after hours. McNulty visits Russell's house one night, but he feels uncomfortable with the presence of family photos and children's toys, leaves before a more intimate relationship develops. Russell's familiarity with the people and organization of the port proves invaluable to the investigation, she taps Maui, an old boyfriend in Frank Sobotka's union, to find out more about illegal activity in the port. Although Maui does not directly give her any information, his suggestion that all the information the Police need is on the port's computer leads the detail to clone the port's container traffic computer system, allowing them to monitor all traffic on and off of ships. In an attempt to throw Sobotka off of any possible suspicion, Russell dons her Port Authority uniform once more and approaches Sobotka to reassure him that she is no longer detailed in the investigation.
When a suspicious Sobotka sends out a truck carrying normal goods to test the waters, Russell inadvertently tips the investigation's hand by having her colleagues in the port authority stop it. Frank checks with other port officers who tell him she is still working with the detail, contrary to what she told him, confirming his suspicions that he is being investigated. Despite these mis-steps, Russell gains the respect of the officers in the Sobotka detail. At the end of their investigation, when the focus shifts past Sobotka, Russell is entrusted with following Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos to a key meeting with The Greek, she comes through, delivering the location of the meeting, enables the surveillance crew to get a photograph of Vondas and his lawyer. The detail loses Vondas' trail. Russell is able to convince Frank Sobotka to inform on The Greek once a strong case is built against him, her emotional offer of a deal has Frank ready to give up everything he knows in order to help his family.
Sobotka does meet with the officers and DA so he can give a statement, but he approaches without legal representation, so he agrees to meet the next day. His nephew Nick approaches him with an offer from Vondas to help his convicted son Ziggy from a murder charge. Before Sobotka meets with Vondas, The Greek is tipped off with Sobotka's collaboration with the detail through an FBI mole, so they slit Sobotka's throat and dump him in the bay, his corpse is found by the Marine Unit and placed in the port, where all his stevedore union peers and his nephew Nicky gather to see. The detail is informed of the demise and Russell witnesses her former friend's mortal remains with great grief. Through the collaboration of Nick after the murder of his uncle, the detail is able to identify The Greek and through the capture and collaboration of The Greek's enforcer Sergei Malatov, they are able to pursue both Vondas and The Greek, only missing them by a matter of hours. With several arrests made, the murder of the girls solved by Malatov's collaboration, the voluntary dissolution of the stevedore's union due to the scandal and the violence involved
Philadelphia, sometimes known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U. S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the sixth-most populous U. S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U. S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis; the Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States. William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city in 1682 to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.
Several other key events occurred in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War including the First Continental Congress, the preservation of the Liberty Bell, the Battle of Germantown, the Siege of Fort Mifflin. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the revolution, served as temporary U. S. capital while Washington, D. C. was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a railroad hub; the city grew from an influx of European immigrants, most of whom came from Ireland and Germany—the three largest reported ancestry groups in the city as of 2015. In the early 20th century, Philadelphia became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration after the Civil War, as well as Puerto Ricans; the city's population doubled from one million to two million people between 1890 and 1950. The Philadelphia area's many universities and colleges make it a top study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational and economic hub. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Philadelphia area had a gross domestic product of US$445 billion in 2017, the eighth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States.
Philadelphia is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania and is home to five Fortune 1000 companies. The Philadelphia skyline is expanding, with a market of 81,900 commercial properties in 2016, including several nationally prominent skyscrapers. Philadelphia has more outdoor murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the same watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States; the city is known for its arts, culture and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent US$6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has emerged as a biotechnology hub. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps, is the home of many U. S. firsts, including the first library, medical school, national capital, stock exchange and business school. Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall.
The city became a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, as the first World Heritage City in the United States. Although Philadelphia is undergoing gentrification, the city maintains mitigation strategies to minimize displacement of homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods. Before Europeans arrived, the Philadelphia area was home to the Lenape Indians in the village of Shackamaxon; the Lenape are a Native American tribe and First Nations band government. They are called Delaware Indians, their historical territory was along the Delaware River watershed, western Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley. Most Lenape were pushed out of their Delaware homeland during the 18th century by expanding European colonies, exacerbated by losses from intertribal conflicts. Lenape communities were weakened by newly introduced diseases smallpox, violent conflict with Europeans. Iroquois people fought the Lenape. Surviving Lenape moved west into the upper Ohio River basin; the American Revolutionary War and United States' independence pushed them further west.
In the 1860s, the United States government sent most Lenape remaining in the eastern United States to the Indian Territory under the Indian removal policy. In the 21st century, most Lenape reside in Oklahoma, with some communities living in Wisconsin, in their traditional homelands. Europeans came to the Delaware Valley in the early 17th century, with the first settlements founded by the Dutch, who in 1623 built Fort Nassau on the Delaware River opposite the Schuylkill River in what is now Brooklawn, New Jersey; the Dutch considered the entire Delaware River valley to be part of their New Netherland colony. In 1638, Swedish settlers led by renegade Dutch established the colony of New Sweden at Fort Christina and spread out in the valley. In 1644, New Sweden supported the Susquehannocks in their military defeat of the English colony of Maryland. In 1648, the Dutch built Fort Beversreede on the west bank of the Delaware, south of the Schuylkill near the present-day Eastwick neighborhood, to reassert their dominion over the area.
The Swedes responded by building Fort Nya Korsholm, or New Korsholm, named after a town in Finland with a Swedish majority. In 1655, a
Jimmy McNulty is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by Dominic West. McNulty is a detective in the Baltimore Police Department of Irish heritage. While talented in his profession, McNulty's conceited belief that he is more intelligent than his peers and his willingness to ignore the chain of command in pursuit of his own investigative projects mean that he incurs the wrath of his superiors; when off the job, he has frequent problems involving alcoholism, child support, unstable relationships. He is central to many of the successful high-end drug investigations that take place within the series. McNulty is loosely based on co-writer of the series. Of Irish Catholic descent, McNulty grew up in the Lauraville neighborhood of Maryland, his father was an employee for Bethlehem Steel before being laid off in 1973. After a year of attending Loyola College in Maryland, McNulty joined the Baltimore Police Department when his girlfriend Elena became pregnant. In his first few years on the job, he proved himself to be an effective patrolman in the Western District, under the command of Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin.
After assisting Ray Cole in solving a homicide, McNulty was promoted to detective and assigned to the Homicide Unit, where he was partnered with Bunk Moreland. Before the start of the series, McNulty has noticed that drug kingpin Avon Barksdale is expanding his organization's territory, that his gang has beaten several murder prosecutions. After Avon's nephew D'Angelo is acquitted thanks to witness tampering, McNulty goes over the head of his superior, Major Bill Rawls, convinces Judge Phelan to call Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell to encourage further investigation of the Barksdales; because of McNulty's efforts, the Barksdale detail is formed comprising Narcotics Lieutenant Cedric Daniels and his three detectives: Kima Greggs, Ellis Carver, Thomas "Herc" Hauk. When Burrell asks his majors and shift lieutenants to send additional detectives for the investigative detail, McNulty is assigned to the unit. Daniels and McNulty argue about how to handle the case at their first meeting: McNulty, after seeing an FBI drug sting, suggests surveillance and wiretaps, but Burrell has ordered Daniels to put together a quick and simple case to appease Phelan.
Soon after the investigation begins, McNulty learns from his friend in the FBI, Terence "Fitz" Fitzhugh, that Daniels had been investigated for having a suspiciously large amount of liquid assets. McNulty's relationship with Daniels continues to be complicated by their mutual distrust; the detail is assigned as a prosecutor Assistant State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman, with whom McNulty is having a casual sexual relationship. McNulty is separated from his wife, who limits his contact with his two sons and Michael. While at the market with his sons one afternoon, McNulty spots Stringer Bell, Avon Barksdale's second-in-command, sends his sons to tail him and get his license plate number; when Elena finds out, she seeks an emergency order to stop McNulty from seeing the boys. She is angry that McNulty continues to see Pearlman casually. Working on the Barksdale detail, McNulty becomes friends with Lester Freamon, exiled to the pawn shop unit for 13 years and four months, as punishment for his insistence on charging a politically connected fence.
Freamon tries to temper McNulty's animosity towards Daniels. Frustrated that Barksdale's dealers do not use cell phones, they decide to clone the dealers' pagers instead, they work together to convince Daniels to allow them to do better police work. With the help of Kima, McNulty tracks down the elusive outlaw Omar Little, gains Omar's his respect and cooperation. Omar agrees to testify against a Barksdale soldier, his assistance leads to McNulty's inadvertently solving one of Michael Santangelo's old cases. Kima introduces McNulty to Bubbles; when Kima is shot in a buy-bust sting operation gone wrong, McNulty is guilt-ridden, although Rawls assures him that the shooting is not his fault. McNulty has a frank discussion with Daniels in which he admits that the Barksdale case is no more than an exercise in intellectual vanity and an opportunity to demonstrate the BPD's shortcomings. Daniels tells him that everyone has known this all along, but the case has taken on meaning for those involved; the detail succeeds in arresting Barksdale soldier Wee-Bey Brice for shooting Kima, Bird for murdering a state's witness, both D'Angelo and Avon Barksdale.
McNulty convinces D'Angelo to testify against Avon but D'Angelo takes a 20-year prison sentence instead. When the Barksdale detail closes, Rawls reassigns McNulty to the marine unit, having learned from Sergeant Jay Landsman that this is the BPD unit where McNulty does not want to go. While on harbor patrol, McNulty spots the body of a dead woman in the water; when Rawls argues the case is not in his jurisdiction, McNulty spends three hours poring over wind and tide charts to prove the death occurred within city limits. When port authority police officer Beadie Russell finds thirteen dead women in a shipping container on the Baltimore docks, McNulty again intervenes and, with the help of the medical examiner, proves that the deaths were not accidental: the air pipe to the container was deliberately closed off, with the help of a mining engineer, the investigators are able to prove that the ship was within the city limits when it happened; the case is given to Bunk and Lester, who don't look forward
Jay Landsman (The Wire)
Jay Landsman is a semi-fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire based upon the real life Baltimore City police officer Jay Landsman. The fictional character of Jay Landsman is portrayed by actor Delaney Williams. Landsman's role in the police department is that of a supervisory detective sergeant who participates in investigative work. Landsman acts in the best interests of his subordinates those who give him the necessary clearances; as a supervisor, Landsman acts in accordance with the wishes of his superior officers though in some cases, he does not agree with specific commands. Examples of this are when he is ordered to have Bunk Moreland find Kenneth Dozerman's missing firearm in Season 3 and when a dead state's witness becomes an electoral issue in Season 4. Throughout the series, he is shown as a commander attempting to strike a balance between loyalty to subordinates and superiors, most favoring the latter. Landsman has only been called to solve a few murders on his own as a supervisor.
Landsman provides a degree of comic relief in the series. This is shown by the excessive number of times he reads pornographic magazines while at work and acts nonchalantly when his colleagues sees him doing it, he possesses a shrewd understanding of the subtle politics in the chain of command always acting in self-preservation and self-promotion without making many enemies. He states that to McNulty, during the first episode of season 2, by saying it is all about self-preservation and it is too bad that McNulty never learned that. Overall, under Landsman's supervision, the homicide unit ends up clearing many of the more challenging "whodunit" homicides occurring in Baltimore city proving him to be an effective sergeant within the department. However, he can be mildly bullying and tends to derive his good humor from schadenfreude though he is not malicious, he has the duty of ministering in the informal "detective wakes" held in honor of the deceased at Kavanaugh's, the bar frequented by many in the department.
Wakes take place in Season 3, Season 4 and Season 5. Landsman is a squad sergeant in the homicide division of the Baltimore police department, his commanding officer was William Rawls. Landsman's squad consists of several of the shows characters - in season one it comprised Detectives Jimmy McNulty, Bunk Moreland, Michael Santangelo, Ray Cole, Ed Norris and Vernon Holley. Landsman finds the misfortune of the cops in his unit a constant source of amusement but is protective of them at times, he is loyal to Rawls and doggedly pursues the high case clearance rates that Rawls aims for but is realistic about the capabilities of his detectives. When McNulty went around the chain of command and incurred Rawls's wrath by being detailed to another unit Landsman appeared unsympathetic, he insisted that McNulty's work looking at old homicide cases for the detail be put to his advantage to make up for losing a detective. To this end, he insisted. Landsman was sure a link would be found and his intuition proved correct.
However, Landsman did argue McNulty's case with Rawls and managed to get Rawls to agree that McNulty could return to homicide with a clean slate if the investigation was wrapped up quickly. Despite Landsman's best efforts McNulty remained out of favor with Rawls because he refused to end the case he was working on prematurely. Landsman always maintained a twisted humor about the work of his squad; when Rawls gave Detective Santangelo an ultimatum of clearing a "whodunit" case by days end Landsman recommended him a psychic. He claimed that the woman, Madame LaRue, was gifted in "matters of death investigation". Santangelo took this advice by burying a doll in a grave awaking that night to be given evidence in the murder that had occurred; when "Sanny" saw that he had been given information regarding an open homicide, he thanked Landsman who told him that the Gypsy routine was a joke and that it had been Bunk and McNulty who saved his career. Landsman's squad handled the case of the killing of Wendell "Orlando" Blocker and wounding of detective Kima Greggs and he was involved in the investigation.
Initial suspicions are confirmed when Landsman admits to McNulty it was he who informed Rawls as to where he didn't want to be re-stationed. He learned of this while being present. Landsman's squad was altered as Rawls transferred Santangelo and McNulty out of the unit because they had displeased him by working with the Barksdale detail. Lester Freamon joined Landsman's squad; when Rawls was forced to take on the multiple homicide case of fourteen unidentified dead women, he entrusted it to Landsman. Landsman gave the case to Freamon and Bunk telling them they were his best detectives; when his detectives started working with Cedric Daniels on the Sobotka detail, Landsman saw the potential to offload the responsibility of the case but Daniels refused. Landsman was responsible for the interrogation of Chester "Ziggy" Sobotka after he killed George "Double G" Glekas. Although Ziggy confessed, Landsman failed to inform Daniels' specialized detail about the murder in time for them to become involved.
Daniels was irate with Landsman for his lack of forethought when it allowed his targets to dispose of evidence at the Glekas crime scene. Landsman appeared as a commanding detective of homicide again this season associated with finding the service weapon of