Friday, June 3, 2022

What I’m Watching: We Own This City

We Own This City: Season 1, Episode 4 “Part Four” (B+)

It’s so interesting to see this show and its central characters in the context of the protest. The look on Jenkins’ face when he realized he was surrounded by angry people did reveal a degree of terror, and I think this is where those who believe that the police have been put in danger by calls to defund the institution might look to support their arguments. But there is nothing to excuse Jenkins’ behavior and the calculating way in which he actively worked to terrorize others and to deliberately falsify a report so that he could take for himself. Maurice’s account was full of so many moments where it seemed like this all shouldn’t have happened, but he’s also being very honest, specifically with how he was uncomfortable only with taking a large sum of money, not the idea of stealing in general. Seeing Jenkins initiate a high-speed chase based on the neighborhood he was in and then cause a car accident showed how irresponsible he could be in pursuit of being able to take whatever he wanted, and he actually uttered the show’s title, which felt very appropriate given the way that he walked through Baltimore like everything was his for the taking. Erika couldn’t believe that she had almost tipped him off that he was the subject of their investigation, and now they’re closer than ever to making a real case to finally get Jenkins off the street and ensure that some systematic change in the department actually begins.

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