Wendell Pierce, the actor known for his beloved role as Detective William “Bunk” Moreland on HBO’s The Wire, was arrested this weekend in Atlanta. According to The Chicago Tribune, the 52-year-old was arrested for simple battery early Saturday morning at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. He was released on $1,000 bond.
The altercation reportedly stems from a heated conversation about politics. Pierce, a huge Hillary Clinton supporter, allegedly began arguing with a Bernie Sanders supporter and her boyfriend around 3:30 a.m., per TMZ. Pierce reportedly “became enraged, pushed the boyfriend and then went after his girlfriend… grabbing her hair and smacking her in the head.”
Reports of the account are conflicted. The Daily Beast is reporting that the woman “stepped into an altercation already under way.”
The police department has released a statement, noting that nothing about the incident was "significant." "The incident did not rise to anything significant so no special notification was made… it was treated like any other arrest a patrol officer conducts. Mr. Pierce made no indication he was famous nor did the officer inquire. Once the incident report is complete we will be delighted to share the details. But at this time there is nothing significant to share with the media."
Pierce has appeared in several films including Selma and the recent television movie Confirmation.