It's a small DC-Baltimore metropolitan area afterall
I'm almost 100% certain that Brad King is in tonight's episode of The Wire. He even has the tattoos.
Brad was briefly my manager at IKEA. He was head of Customer Service. Anyways, he's the guy on the left in that screencap up there.
Having finished episode 9, I can say that this show is really terribly heartbreaking. The final scene of the episode between Mike and Duquan almost made me cry.