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    I agree with your points about Friday's respect for the Constitution and the law.  Furthermore, there was virtually no violence portrayed in most episodes of Dragnet.  Friday hardly ever drew his gun.  He shoots a fleeing suspect in self defense in The Big Thief (1953) and is later shown as shaken up and disturbed that he was forced to take the life of a criminal.   In The Shooting Board (1968), he again shoots a suspect in self defense and is callled to account for his actions.  Dragnet always portrayed killing someone as a BFD, which, of course, it is.  Friday did not have a trace of the tough guy machismo that was so admired in movies such as Dirty Harry, etc., nor any glorification of guns and violence so prevalent in television and movies to the present day.  Furthermore, while Friday wouldn't hesitate to tell someone off if he didn't liked what he or she was doing, he would have been horrified at the thought of laying a hand on a criminal for any reason not sanctioned by law or official procedure, let alone deliberately torturing them for information or revenge.  If only all police officers were like Friday.

    These Republican gluttons of priviledge are cold men ... They want a return of the Wall Street economic dictatorship -- Harry Truman

    by Laborguy on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:45:53 AM PDT

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