David Simon has lived in Baltimore since his reporting days at the Sun, where he was a cops reporter before he became a crime writer before he became famous for creating “The Wire” for HBO. He is a native Washingtonian but he’s Baltimore through and through.

On Monday, hours after the burial of Freddie Gray, as violence flared up around his city and fires broke out and the National Guard was activated and Gray’s family said it was devastated by the rioting, Simon took to his blog to lash out.

“Yes,” he wrote, “there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed. And this moment, as inevitable as it has sometimes seemed, can still, in the end, prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city. Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard.  All of that is true and all of that is still possible, despite what is now loose in the streets.”

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“But,” he continued:

now — in this moment — the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease.  There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today. But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.

[David Simon, from the archives: In Baltimore, No One Left to Press the Police]

Simon added that “if you can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore. Turn around. Go home. Please.”

For live coverage of the unrest and events in Baltimore, follow The Post’s live-blog here.

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