We Own This City Finale Recap and Ending, Explained – Even if you’ve read Justin Fenton’s We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, & Corruption and know how it all ended in real life, the possibilities are you watched the HBO production for the performances and to see how the authors David Simon and George Pelecanos interpreted things.
The ‘We Own This City‘ finale, titled ‘Chapter Six,’ wraps up the saga of the Gun Trace Task Force, with some members of the elite plainclothes team facing harsh prison sentences for their crimes. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Police Department is facing significant consequences as a result of the consent decree’s signing and the conviction of its officer.
In the end, Baltimore implements some reforms to prepare for a new era of policing, but the dangers of reverting to old practises remain. We’ve got you covered if you want to catch up on the episode’s events and conclusion!
Here’s everything you need to know about ‘We Own This City‘ episode 6’s recap and ending!
Recap of Episode 6 of We Own This City
‘Chapter Six,’ the sixth and final episode of ‘We Own This City,’ begins with FBI Agent Erika Jensen and John Sieracki questioning Wayne Jenkins about his role in the Gun Trace Task Force’s corruption. Jenkins, on the other hand, is adamant that he is not a corrupt cop and that he has committed no wrongdoings.
Jenkins, on the other hand, is reminded by Jensen that collaborating with the FBI and supplying critical information to the police could result in a shorter sentence. Jenkins’ coworkers have spoken out against him, and multiple witness testimony shows that as a cop, Jenkins was involved in corrupt and unlawful activities. Jenkins, on the other hand, continues to deny responsibility for the wrongdoings.
Later, Jensen and Sieracki discuss the Umar Burley case with Detective Sean Suiter. Suiter is expected to testify in court and confirm who put the gun on Burley, according to the couple. Suiter, on the other hand, is worried about losing because he realises he can’t hide his knowledge of plainclothes cops collecting money from residents.
Meanwhile, the FBI continues to receive critical information from Momodu “G Money” Gondo, Jemell Rayam, and Maurice Ward. They disclose Jenkins’ ties to Donald Stepp, a cop who assisted him in the sale of seized drugs.
Concerns have been raised at BPD about the department’s ability to comply with the consent decree due to a significant lack of money. The Mayor flatly refuses Commissioner Kevin Davis’ request for increased budgeting. As a result, he must reduce the salary of his officers to cover the cost of the reforms. Stepp was arrested, and Keith Gladstone is being investigated by the FBI in connection with the Demetric Simon case.
Jenkins’ activities are revealed in incriminating details by both Stepp and Gladstone. Nicole Steele resigns from the Department of Justice because of the department’s failure to combat corruption and crime in the city. While the GTTF cops prepare for their punishment, Sean Suiter dies a day before his grand jury testimony.
What Sentences Did the GTTF Officers Receive in the Finale of We Own This City?
As the episode progresses, the cracks in the Baltimore Police Department’s system and approach to crime suppression become more apparent. As a result, it is critical that the GTTF officers reserve punitive sentences that will be a beacon of hope for the city’s better and more constitutional police.
Jenkins eventually pleads guilty to some of the accusations levelled against him, but maintains his denial that he planted the narcotics on Umar Burley. Jenkins, on the other hand, admits to filing a fraudulent report in the case. Jenkins accepts his fate and apologises for his misdeeds. Due to his lack of cooperation with the investigation, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Meanwhile, Gondo and Rayam were sentenced to ten and twelve years in prison, respectively. Ward and Hendrix entered guilty pleas in court and agreed to help the police with their investigation. As a result, the cops are sentenced to seven years in prison. In addition, Thomas Allers refuses to comply with the federal investigation, resulting in a 15-year sentence.
Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor have refused to enter a not guilty plea and will be tried in federal court. They were found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in jail. Commissioner Davis folds the plainclothes unit when the officers’ sentences are handed down, and he is fired as a result.
Several high-ranking police, including the Mayor, will be charged with corruption in the coming months. The plainclothes unit was reinstated by the new commissioner, Darryl DeSousa. DeSousa, on the other hand, was forced to resign after being convicted of federal tax evasion just four months into his term.
Cathrine Pugh, the Mayor, has also been charged with tax evasion and fraud, which carries a three-year prison sentence. These occurrences reflect the city’s shambolic law and order situation.
Finally, the episode revisits Jenkins’ drug and gun tracking mission from the first episode. Jenkins pockets a bundle of cash during their search at a residence. Shots of Jenkins in prison are paired with these scenes. Jenkins thinks on his conduct as a cop as he adjusts to life in prison. Jenkins addresses a gathering of officers in a flashback, including some officers with whom he would work as part of the GTTF.
Jenkins’ statement is greeted with loud applause from the cops, indicating that they have bought into his philosophy. The episode finishes with an image of Jenkins in prison, leaving viewers to consider the GTTF corruption scandal’s long-term impact on Baltimore.
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