Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers

Monday, June 11, 2012
Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March.
The first of its kind in the United States, the law was adopted after the state Supreme Court went too far in one of its rulings last year, according to supporters. The case in question involved a man who assaulted an officer during a domestic violence call. The court ruled that there was “no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.”
The National Rifle Association lobbied for the new law, arguing that the court decision had legalized police to commit unjustified entries.
Tim Downs, president of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, which opposed the legislation, said the law could open the way for people who are under the influence or emotionally distressed to attack officers in their homes.
“It’s just a recipe for disaster,” Downs told Bloomberg. “It just puts a bounty on our heads.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff
To Learn More:
Senate Enrolled Act No. 1 (Indiana Legislature)
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Edward C. Stengel 10 months ago
Indiana is way ahead of most other states when it comes to protecting the rights of citizens. In Indiana you don't have to obey a police officer unless he's in uniform or you see him/her getting out of a marked squad car in plain clothes. That's the way it should be because nobody can be sure that these plain clothes cops are really cops. That gives the citizen the right to protect himself against the unprofessional and reckless conduct of police officers. This law to protect citizens against the illegal entry into their homes by police officers does the same thing. Indiana has the right idea.
jay dog 1 year ago
If police are worried about being shot when entering a home illegally maybe they shouldnt enter a home illegally. Thats why there are laws to make police get warrants just for this reason. If police are are upset with this law in means they are upset that they can no longer break the law.
Mr Frank Grasha 2 years ago
It states that if they break the law and forceably enter your home you can shoot them , Whats wrong with that Cops are not allowed to break the law ! They are not special people , They were hired by the citizens to protect and serve.
Rick 2 years ago
It's been over a year since this went into effect...haven't read of any LEOs killed and this used as a defense...
bob bobington 2 years ago
if they dont want shot then they dont have to do it isn't that what cops say when they murder people why cant it apply to them to
Parker Stahura 2 years ago
We should have the right to defend our life from the jumpy "my personal safety trumps constitutional rights" police state. Mitch Daniels, great job.
John 3 years ago
Here in Texas it is very bad - Stop Nazi shoot first ask questions later by the police.police lie ... train to lie and invent in court and on police reports.Remove police exemptions. Let them be sue,dept,get damages. time to root out bad seeds of cops confusing good cops and public.
Yuovette Nelson 3 years ago
This state is crazy. This what I say to law enforcement. .this has been voted in to effect in Indiana. They don't want law enforcement help. If called to a home for domestic violence or child endangerment etc..don't go in the home. It's puts you as police officers at risk. Anyone could call the police to their home and if you step in they can blow you away. Don't fall for it. If the women or man are getting beat or being robbed etc..leave it till they exit the home if they die well, that what Indiana wanted.
Cidermiter 3 years ago
Mike you criticize people for their spelling then proceed to misspell words and use clearly incorrect (non)words. Your grammar is also woefully lacking. "First alot of you can't even spell which maybe you should go back to school and let the ->*growns*<- ups handle this." Should just be "grown." "To protect it from all ->*eneies*<- foreign" Should be "enemies." "you who wish to ->*undermind*<- our laws" Should be "undermine" as "undermind" is not a word. mandi I truly hope you're being paid to post such inane nonsense. I suspect you are shill. The supreme court ruled the police have no duty to protect you. >Warren v. District of Columbia (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) is an oft-quoted[2] District of Columbia Court of Appeals case that held that the police did not owe a specific duty to provide police services to the plaintiffs based on the public duty doctrine.<- You are already on your own. What is the average response time for the police where you live? The average for the nation is 10 minutes. If some crackhead or any other antisocial person is threatening you or someone else's life the likelyhood of the police arriving in time to help is minuscule. I particularly enjoyed your appeal for pity via the good old rhetorical tactic "THINK OF THE CHILDREN!" Your premise isn't grounded in reality.
Mike 3 years ago
All of you are in support of this is one of the real reasons why our country ins in the state it is. First alot of you can't even spell which maybe you should go back to school and let the growns ups handle this.Second, all if you are in favor of this let me give you an example... You are home alone in your house and are attack by a person set to do you hurt, now you call the police they show up and the crime happen because their hands have been tied because of you morons. I am a veteran and I swore an oath to this country my country" To protect it from all eneies foreign and domestic" which means I have to protect it from people like you who wish to undermind our laws and values you are more dangerous than terrorists themselves.

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