When: Entire series
Tony Colicchio might be the worst cop in The Wire’s Baltimore Police Department, which is saying a whole lot. He’s a power-hungry racist asshole who buys into the Broken Windows theory and beats a black civilian simply for getting in his face. Sound familiar? Meanwhile, Eddie Walker beats on the kids of Tilghman and steals from Omar. The police on The Wire are trapped in institutions that strip them of their and prevent them from doing their jobs—the tragedy of these cops is that it’s hard for them to catch the dealers. But while characters like Herc are often casually racist and stupid, they’re less often presented as seriously abusing the power of the badge in ways that are all too familiar. The biggest problem with how The Wire handles Colicchio and Walker is that there aren’t more like them.