Not that there would be consequences if they didn't.
But I definitely wanna reserve the right to change my opinion of what I dunno wuzupwiddat to ahhh, huh, wud, and/or aiyeee, respectively....
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...said officers responded about 7:30 p.m. to reports of a man walking in and out of Strip traffic waving a gun and pointing it at passers-by....
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...Officers fired on the man, who was not hit...
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...The gunfire grazed two bystanders, one of which was a juvenile who was taken to a local hospital...
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...The suspect, who is familiar to Strip buskers as one who frequently sells goods to tourists, was apprehended...
[Quotes from The Sun are from what is identified as their 2nd revision online, as of about midnight-ish, and the story to which the link points will probably be rewritten on the fly to become different in some significant way by dawn. Hopefully not to include DrawingDead stupidly stumbling into the middle of some damn thing while trying to get to his own other thing nearby. I really do not wish to resemble my avatar today.]
Boz's basic rule of common sense: White, Black or anyone else...you wave, pull or show a gun near a Police Officer and you can expect to be justifiably shot. If you are lucky enough to be given a command to drop it and don't comply...feel lucky if you live.
Some people want the police to make a medical diagnosis in this kind of deal; they don't really have time for that. People try to say they could do something different--I say that they should stand on the wrong end of a gun and make that call.
Not all shootings are justified, of course, but waving a gun, pointing gun, and anything threatening is pretty much grounds for instant lead poisoning.