Hey Bodie! ‘Wire’ Actor Hits the Streets to Protest Stop-and-Frisk

Memo to NYPD: This man is not his character from The Wire.

First it was Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito (or “Gus Fring”) who came forward with his story of being stop-and-frisked by the New York Police Department. Over the weekend, while the controversial police tactic was being protested, another actor—this time, from David Simon’s inner-city crime epic The Wire—noted his own experience with the policy.

J.D. Williams—who played Preston “Bodie” Broadus for four seasons on The Wirespoke to Capital New York about his experience with the policy:

“I might get recognized, but [police are] not sure where they know me from. So, a lot of times an officer might think he’s arrested me before. But then usually by the time they walk up on me, it’s come to them and they’re like ‘Oh!'”

He also explained he knew many people who had been stop-and-frisked, and was familiar with the practice.

Capital got some video as well:

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