Originally Posted by Frank Ettin
But if someone is seeking a confrontation and consciously acts in a way to provoke one, he really can't complain when he gets one.
By that standard, did Rosa Parks have anything to complain about?
I would say that we are using a word, confrontation, that might cover a lot of very different sorts of encounters.
If a PO gets a complaint about someone armed, prudence requires that he take a look. Diplomacy might have him ask some questions, and let him know that he was responding to a complaint. I wouldn't consider that a confrontation.
Where a PO detains or arrests someone for nothing more than a failure to waive rights or a crumby attitude, it's fair to label that a confrontation.