‘We Own This City’ Ending, Explained: Was Sean Suitor Murdered? What Happened To Wayne Jenkins?


Episode 6, the final episode of “We Own This City,” concludes the mini-series by not just discussing the Gun Trace Task Force case but also adding how deep-rooted corruption is. From the police to government officials, corruption has eventually become a part of everyone’s lives. What it ultimately comes down to is the futility of the effort that is put in by those who are trying to do their part in perfecting the system. Nichole Steele, in the end, gives up when she realizes that she doesn’t truly have much power to change the system. The consent decree they were formulating was not enough to protect innocent civilians. The war on drugs was lost a long time back, and Nichole started to realize how little their work would mean to those it was intended for.

‘We Own This City’ Episode 6: Recap Summary

Wayne Jenkins was given one last chance to confess the truth and cooperate with the FBI. The rest of his team had cooperated in the hopes of getting a reduced sentence, but Jenkins was unwilling to do so from the start. He stated that he was innocent and that every witness who spoke against him was lying. He had the firm belief that his team members would not spill the dirt, but eventually, he realized that he was in trouble and there was no way out of it. When questioned about the Burley case, Jenkins outright denied being the one who planted the drugs. He did not name anyone but continued to advocate his innocence in that case.

The federal agents decided to ask Sean Suitor to be the witness in the Burley case since he was the one who found the drugs in the car. Sean, who now works at the Homicide department, was tense after he was asked to be in court to testify against Jenkins. He worried about his involvement in the GTTF, since questioning in court could disclose a few ugly truths that Suitor wanted to keep in the shadows. Even though he was never knee-deep in Jenkins’s mess, his conscience made him feel guilty about knowing the truth yet not having the courage to take a step against it.

With time, Nichole Steele, the lawyer appointed by the Department of Justice, realized that what they were fighting against was a systematic problem that could not be solved with a consent decree. The war on drugs was mostly a war on those who already had little to lose. While the wealthy drug mafias continued with their business, it was the local dealers and wayward youngsters who were being arrested. Even though Steele did not wish to make the case in her life, the more she learned, the more she knew that it was way worse than she thought it to be. Furthermore, she knew that she could not make any changes while working under the Trump administration. The entire Civil Service Division was doomed under the new administration, and she did not wish to be a part of it.

See More: ‘We Own This City’ Episode 5: Recap And Ending Explained – Was The Consent Decree Agreed Upon?

Was Sean Suitor Murdered? What Happened In The Alley?

Sean Suitor lost his sleep after his conversation with the federal agents. Even though he was not the one who planted the drugs, the guilt of being a part of their activities made him panic. We never knew for sure if Sean had accepted the money that Jenkins had once offered him. But later, we learn that Rayam wanted to testify against Sean for accepting money.

Sean, along with his partner, had gone out to have a word with a woman named Mary to discuss the alley murders. Before leaving, Sean shakily poured himself a cup of coffee and carried his gun with him. He got out of the car once, saying that he had spotted a suspicious entity in an alley, though they did not find any trace of the man after searching. Sean took his partner to his first posting and was nostalgic about his early days. They drove past an alley, and Sean again felt that someone was out there. He got out of the car and asked his partner to take his position a little away from him just in case the man chose to escape. Sean hid behind a car and watched his partner wait out there. After waiting for a few seconds, he ran into the alley, asking the entity to stop. Three to four bullets were fired. His partner came in immediately and called for help. His partner was confused. He had reached the spot within a second, yet he could not catch a glimpse of the man who shot Sean. He saw the smoke from the gunfire and Sean’s trembling leg after being shot, yet there was no one in the alley.

When the federal agents were informed about it, they knew that it was impossible that he was shot by the men who were arrested. People associated with those arrested would never risk their lives for a witness who was not even crucial to the case. Rayam wanted to testify against Sean for accepting money that Jenkins had once given him. While Erika Jensen wondered why someone would take his life for accepting money, John Sierachi replied that a cop would do so out of shame. We never get to know if Sean had ever partaken in any of Jenkins’s illegal activities, but there was reason strong enough to make him take a drastic measure. “We Own This City” mentions that an independent review of the death concluded that Sean had staged the events to look like a death in the line of duty. Though many refuse to accept it as the truth, homicide continues to remain the cause of his death.

‘We Own This City’ Ending Explained: Who Was Keith Gladstone? 

It was during the arrest of Antonio Shropshire that he spoke about Keith Gladstone. He was arrested by the Gladstone squad before, and Keith Gladstone took the drug that was confiscated for personal benefit. This alarmed the federal agents, and they started to dig deep into Gladstone’s involvement. Ryan Guinn spoke about how Gladstone had arrived after Jenkins had stopped a man for gun possession and placed a BB gun right next to the car. Gladstone, after his arrest, confessed to helping Jenkins. He referred to it as camaraderie. He considered every police officer he knew as his brother, and Jenkins was no different. Therefore, helping Jenkins was a part of his duty as a policeman.

Jenkins read the news about the arrest of his drug dealer, Donald Stepp. Donald cooperated with the federal agents and provided them with every detail of their drug deals. Jenkins knew it was over now. No matter how hard he tried to prove his innocence, it was impossible. The fact that police officers resorted to bribery and even took money from civilians was known by most, but what startled everyone was that Jenkins was, at the end of the day, a drug dealer. He worked to put guns and drugs away from society, yet he was the one to take advantage of his badge and use it to his benefit.

Jenkins received a sentence of 25 years in prison. He is currently serving in federal prison. He pled guilty, though he maintained his innocence in the Burley case. Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were the only two police officers to go to trial in federal court. They were convicted and sentenced to eighteen years in prison. Jemell Rayam was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while Momodu Gondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Maurice Ward and Evodio Hendrix were sentenced to seven years in prison. The mayor fired the Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, three days before the trial of the remaining Gun Trace Task Force officers. Dean Palmere, the Deputy Commissioner, was accused of coaching an officer in a police shooting. He denied the allegation and resigned the same day. After Kevin Davis was fired, Darryl De Sousa was appointed as the Police Commissioner. The man had approved the dismissal of disciplinary action against Wayne Jenkins three years back. He reinstalled the plainclothes unit after his appointment. He resigned four months after his appointment when he was convicted of tax evasion. The mayor, Catherine Pugh, was sentenced to three years in prison after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy, tax evasion, and fraud. Baltimore continues to be one of the most violent cities in the United States, with over 300 slayings over a year. The police officers who were involved in the Freddie Gray case were not prosecuted.

The HBO Miniseries, “We Own This City,” ends with reference to the case that was shown in the first episode; only then did the audience not know what Jenkins had found in the cupboard. He found a bag full of money and drugs, and, as expected, he took the money for himself. Jenkins now lives in a federal prison, waiting to leave his cell for a few minutes of sunshine. He continues to have an ill reputation even in prison; he is known as the cop who was unfair after all, and he now has to face all those whom he had sent to prison. “We Own This City” Episode 6 projects the larger picture at play. It shows how corruption has seeped into every level of government. It puts forward the question of who will take control of the widespread drugs if those in charge right from the top are involved in corruption?

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Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni has worked as a film researcher on a government-sponsored project and is currently employed as a film studies teacher at a private institute. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Film Studies. Film History and feminist reading of cinema are her areas of interest.

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