A Tale of Two Cities
November 12, 2009 7:54 AM Subscribe
Crime: A Tale of Two Cities. When "The Wire" gained popularity in Great Britain, we were contacted by a London-based journalist who proposed a job swap. Mark Hughes, a crime reporter with The Independent, a national newspaper in the United Kingdom, wanted to come to Baltimore to see if the city’s police officers, drug dealers, prosecutors and politicians bore any resemblance to those on show. We agreed to complete the exchange by sending our police reporter, Justin Fenton, to London to compare crime trends.
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Articles from The Independent:
Mark Hughes in Baltimore:
Just minutes after I arrived, I was at the scene of a shooting ...
189 homicides this year – this is The Wire, only real
The trials of 'Baltimore's Boris''
Wire' star joins real fight against crime
Justin Fenton in London:
The sound of fireworks reminds me of home
'Disputes are pettier than in Baltimore'
Britain's use of DNA is light years ahead
Keeping children out of the gangs' clutches
Readers from both sides of the pond react to the story.