Snot Boogie, born Omar Isaiah Betts, is seen lying dead in the street during the opening scene of Season One. While investigating the murder, Detective McNulty talks to Snot's friend. McNulty asks him who shot Snot, but Snot's friend doesn't give up the name of the shooter because he doesn't want to testify in court. Snot Boogie's friend explains that he was shot for trying to snatch the money from the craps game as he did every Friday night, but in those cases the boys would just chase Snot down and beat him. McNulty asks why anyone let Snot play if they knew he was just going to try to steal the money and run. Snot's friend answers, "Got to. It's America, man".