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How police censorship shaped Hollywood, and how pop culture changed policing

Jack Webb, at left in both photos, appears as squeaky-clean Los Angeles police Sgt. Joe Friday in the radio and television versions of the classic cop drama "Dragnet." On the left, Webb examines a gun with Barton Yarborough, who played Friday's sidekick in the "Dragnet" radio show. On the right, Webb looks through a binder with his television partner Harry Morgan. Photo: NBC file photos

David Simon was in trouble. Just weeks before he was supposed to begin filming the second season of "The Wire," Simon still couldn't get the permits he needed to shoot on the streets of the very city that was his setting.

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