Howard 'Bunny' Colvin
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Howard 'Bunny' Colvin (Character)
from "The Wire" (2002)

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"The Wire: Reformation (#3.10)" (2004)
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: [... ] This drug thing, this ain't police work. No, it ain't. I mean, I can send any fool with a badge and a gun up on them corners and jack a crew and grab vials. But policing? I mean, you call something a war and pretty soon everybody gonna be running around acting like warriors. They gonna be running around on a damn crusade, storming corners, slapping on cuffs, racking up body counts. And when you at war, you need a fucking enemy. And pretty soon, damn near everybody on every corner is your fucking enemy. And soon the neighborhood that you're supposed to be policing, that's just occupied territory.

Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell: Are you threatening me?
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: I believe I am, sir. My apologies.


"The Wire: All Due Respect (#3.2)" (2004)
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: You know what I was thinking? That tonight's a good night. Why? Because my shot cop didn't die. Then it hit me. This is what makes a good night on my watch. Absence of a negative.

Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: There's never been a paper bag for drugs. Until now.


"The Wire: Corner Boys (#4.8)" (2006)
Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: You know, we giving them a fine education. "It ain't even mine. It was just laying here when I came in." You know, this right here, the whole damn school, the way they carry themselves, it's training for the street. The building's the system. We the cops.
Zenobia Dawson: Yeah. You are. For sure.
Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: Well, y'all, y'all come in here every day and practice getting over. Try running all different kind of games. It's practice for the corner, right? Ain't no real cops, ain't no real danger. But y'all _are_ getting something out of this. Betcha didn't even know that.


"The Wire: That's Got His Own (#4.12)" (2006)
[sitting in a hot dog joint]
Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: I never did understand why you stopped eating the pig.
Deacon: I ain't been in a Polock Johnny's since 1974, and if you knew what was good for you...
Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: Look, I know what's _good._ I remember when you did, too. I never saw you going all Muslim on me.
Deacon: Ain't that. But I do believe that other faiths have got the pig figured better than us A.M.E.'s.


"The Wire: Back Burners (#3.7)" (2004)
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: The bosses don't know, huh?
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: Fuck the bosses.


"The Wire: Moral Midgetry (#3.8)" (2004)
Deacon: No offense, but you're like the blind man and the elephant. It's a lot bigger than what you got your hand on, you just can't see it.
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: See what?
Deacon: A great village of pain, and you're the mayor. Where's your drinking water? Where's your toilets? Your heat, your electricity? Where's the needle truck? The condom distribution? The drug treatment intake? Half these people are dyin' on their feet, and the other half's gonna catch what's killin' them.
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: Look, they ain't no worse off when they was all over the map. Now they just in one place, is all.
Deacon: And that place is hell.


"The Wire: Hamsterdam (#3.4)" (2004)
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: The truth is I can't promise you it's going to get any better. We can't lock up the thousands out there on the corners. There'd be no place to put them even if we could. We can show you charts and statistics like they mean something, but you're going back to your home tonight, we're going to be in our patrol cars and them boys still gonna be out there on the corners. Deep in the game. This is the world we got, people, and it's about time all of us had the good sense to at least admit that much.
Man at meeting: So, what's the answer?
Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin: I'm not sure. But whatever it is, it can't be a lie.