Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers

Monday, June 11, 2012
(graphic: traditioncreek.com)
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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philip 2 weeks ago
Law enforcement should definitely not be allowed to enter your home unlawfully. And I agree with being able to protect yourself against crazy public servants by any means necessary. but if you're getting beaten in your own home to the point you think you're about to be killed, if physically able to, run away outside to make the incident public so law enforcement CAN do something then.
kathleen koblensky 1 month ago
the recipe for disaster is in the pudding.....we are in the thick of it now.....the police having carte blanche to do as they wish has gotten us to this point.....this law is not perfect but it is a start......it is time that the police are reigned in......their out of control behavior has to stop and if it takes a law like this ....SO BE IT
Amy 3 months ago
So... What happens to some poor woman who's abusive husband or boyfriend is beating the hell out of them, and the neighbor calls the police, and they refuse to enter the house to help her for fear of hubby or BF saying it's unlawful and opening fire?? I'd hate to be that woman (or Man, in a reverse case... it happens).
greg 3 months ago
Back to the Wild,Wild West!!!!
Bob Drake 3 months ago
How could a homeowner know whether there was a warrant and a lawful entry? This law, likely to be misunderstood by ignorant citizens promises to be an accident waiting to happen. It is much more reasonable to allow the unwarranted entry and deal with punitive action against the police officers that entered the premises unlawfully.
Anna 4 months ago
This is a (excuse the expression) Bull Shit law, That give patrons the right to shoot police over this matter. They were actually called out do to a domestic violence complaint. Had it been the office entered for no reason then maybe I could see the law being past. All this law is going to do is to scare the police from helping victim that need the help. I realize there are bad cops out, I live in Central Oregon where the Police make up the rules as they go but where would we be without them. They are not all bad.
Kokopelli 6 months ago
so, you have real men with Cojones in Indiana to stand up to Police Unions.
S.H. 6 months ago
Seems to me that if a cop forces his way into your home without probable cause or a warrant, then he is just harassing people and abusing his power. Those who disagree with that law has never dealt with a crooked cop. I would have no problem defending myself if a cop forces his way into my house just to intimidate me. Unfortunately I don't live in Iowa. But congrats to those who are legitimate victims of police brutality, for getting a law passed that offers you some level of protection.
Leonard hevian 6 months ago
That Indiana law MUST became a national federal law. And be reaffirm by using dead sentences against those police officer that are find guilty on jury of capital crimes when are in function. That will stop this senseless sport hunting trade of police officers killing every year hundreds of mentally I'll U.S.A.citizens as well as innocent ones. We are witness of ours taxes be use to paid to the families of those innocent murdered by inept policeman or worse. And then keep those officer in the force: Why?????
Brent 7 months ago
TJ, what have you been smoking or where in the sand is your head? I would say Phillip Gray hit the nail right on the head. I would say the percentage of police officers that would give another police officer a speeding ticket is FAR below 1%. You say it is obvious that Phillip Gray has had run ins with the law. I say he has his eyes wide open and has seen the police corruption first hand. He is a law abiding citizen that believes in the law, and has seen on numerous occasions the police violating the law to "uphold" the law. I also say that a large portion of police officers didn't join the police force to serve and protect, they did it because they enjoy trying to control people.

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