How Dead Would this Guy Be in New York?

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The photo below is from the first week of the revolution in Tunisia by Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images (Big Picture Blog) and shows a protester taking aim at the police with a baguette[1].

I just couldn’t help thinking that the cops were surprisingly nonchalant considering the guy pretending his bread is a gun is part of a revolution. Would anyone like to hazard a guess as to what would have happened to this guy had he tried something like this in a real hot zone, like New York City? Amadou Diallo’s family, perhaps?

[1] The original article captioned the image as “A Tunisian demonstrator holds his breadstick like a weapon in front of riot police during a protest against the country’s new government in Tunis on January 18, 2011.” Methinks baguette is more fitting.