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Los Angeles Police Det. Shannon Geaney talks with a homeless man in Hollywood.(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

Part Three: The police

LAPD Det. Shannon Geaney reports daily to what looks like anarchy, bedlam, madness.

She works Hollywood, and her beat is homelessness.

On a recent morning, her first call of the day sent her to a small park near Selma Avenue Elementary School, where a man known as Papa Smurf had...

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