Felicia Pearson, who played the cold-hearted Snoop on HBO’s “The Wire,” was arrested Wednesday in Baltimore on a minor drug charge (allegedly, two cigar-size joints and some shake) on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, B-more P.D. went to her home to serve a warrant to detain her for refusing to cooperate as a witness in a murder trial.
According to the AP, authorities say Pearson was a witness on the night the defendant stabbed three men, one of whom died, back in 2005. No, this isn’t p. 35 of a “Wire” script.
One of the reasons she was so arresting in her role as Snoop, the linchpin of the (freezing) cold-hearted muscle team shielding dope kingpin Marlo Stanfield, was that she was that person, a total byproduct of Baltimore’s corners. Born a crack baby and raised in the city’s tenements, she ran the gamut of selling dope, doing prison time and watching friends and family members die in the never-ending carnage of the thug life, as “The Wire” so expertly detailed.
As detailed in this New York Times feature on Pearson from 2006, she was introduced to “Wire” producers through her friend Michael K. Williams, who played the show’s enigmatic, Robin Hood-esque street bandit Omar. Her death scene in the second-to-last seg of “Wire’s” final season was heartbreaking, and Pearson brought a warrior’s noble stoicism to the moment. “How my hair look, Michael,” she asked her killer right before her brains were splattered all over the cab of her SUV.
For Pearson’s sake, let’s hope this arrest is a minor hiccup.