Actually got the chance to meet the actor Jim True-Frost last night—Prez from The Wire—brush with fame!
Been doing a lot of thinking about his character. Prez starts out as a bit of an asshole. Stuck in a job he clearly hates, because his father-in-law (Deputy Chief Valcheck) got him the gig. So he acts out, especially at the traditional cops and robbers stuff—we are told he once shot up his own police cruiser and we see him go way over the top and pistol whip an innocent teenager, provoking a mini-riot at the towers housing project.
But when he is introduced to the forensic side of police work—following paper trails, checking tax records, phone calls etc. he comes alive. As it says above—he loves figuring shit out.
He is forced to leave the police force, again because he messes up with the police work in the streets, shooting and killing an undercover officer.
He ends up as a teacher in the Baltimore Public Schools—trying to teach math to kids who have no interest in school and are acting out themselves. He becomes a good teacher, teaching them probability by showing them the math behind winning at dice—for instance.
The concern he ends up showing for the kids facing the worst of the poverty and neglect that B’more has to offer (especially Dukie) brings him full circle—a fully realized and caring aduly