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Unread 06-06-2007, 10:15 PM   #6
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Maybe this will help you make it clearer in your mind:

tr.v. bran·dished, bran·dish·ing, bran·dish·es
1. To wave or flourish (a weapon, for example) menacingly.
2. To display ostentatiously. See Synonyms at flourish.
A menacing or defiant wave or flourish.
[Middle English brandissen, from Old French brandir, brandiss-, from brand, sword, of Germanic origin; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.]

brandish·er n.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsNoun 1. brandish - the act of waving
wafture, waving, wave - the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
Verb 1. brandish - move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun"
wave, flourish
2. brandish - exhibit aggressively; "brandish a sword"

Essentially as a LEO I'm going to be looking at the circumstances surrounding the display of the weapon, the intended purpose of the user, and of course, the environment. Was the weapon displayed in a careless or wreckless manner for no apparent reason other than the display? Or, maybe to "appear aggressive (read that a badass) to others in the area. The first thing that comes to mind is the local drunk redneck out waving his firearm about in a crowd of people. No apparent reason other than to show the people that he has one and no apparent threat by anyone in the crowd toward him or anyone he would be defending.

Does that help?

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