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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Kokopelli 3 weeks ago
so, you have real men with Cojones in Indiana to stand up to Police Unions.
S.H. 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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.
Ryan Cameron 2 months ago
“It’s just a recipe for disaster,” Downs told Bloomberg. “It just puts a bounty on our heads.” -Noel Brinkerhoff Then bring a warrant.
tj 2 months ago
Phillip Gray in regards to your is pretty obvious that you have had run-ins with police. Probably because you were doing something stupid and now you have it out for cops. I am aware that we have corrupt cops out there however they are just a handful. You dont care for cops maybe because you've had a bad experience in the past or maybe because you have tried to be a cop and because your past will not allow it or even because it actually takes someone with good moral character and bravery to be one. Whatever the reason you're an idiot for saying that 99 percent of officers are corrupt.
Phillip Gray 6 months ago
I have written the following message to Mr. Downs at the Indiana FOP. If he responds, which I doubt, I will post his response. Mr. Downs: I have read the legislation granting people the Right to protect themselves against anyone, including police officers, that endanger citizens and/or engage in criminal behavior, like the officers that forced their way into a person’s home when they KNEW there was no crime being committed. This law only puts a “bounty”, as you call it, on police officers that use unnecessary violence against the people they are sworn to protect. Since you include yourself in stating “It just puts a bounty on OUR head”, then I can only conclude that you are admitting to using illegal tactics to “enforce the law” and that you are concerned that one of YOUR illegal actions might get you killed. There is a way for you and other law enforcement people to avoid these actions, in the words of Jim Carey in “Liar, Liar”, “QUIT BREAKING THE LAW *******”, and you’ll have no worries. Police today think they are the masters when in fact they are our servants. Many offices evidently think that they can enforce the law by breaking the law, which would mean they believe you can keep having sex to achieve virginity. You cannot enforce the law by breaking the law, this is an absolute and undeniable fact. Perhaps instead of complaining about laws that protect citizens, which include law enforcement officers, you should concentrate you efforts to educate officers that they are servants of the people and not their masters. I believe that more than 99% of police officers are, to one extent or another, corrupt (I would say 100%, but nothing is ever 100%). How can I say this, here is one example. If a police officer stops a vehicle for a traffic violation and discovers the driver is a police officer, he would NOT write the officer a traffic violation. Another, if a police officer observes another officer violate a person legal and/or constitutional rights, instead of reporting this he will almost always cover-up for the violating officer. The “Blue Wall” is almost as bad as the “Black Wall” of the (in)justice system in Indiana. I don’t mean to say that police don’t ever do anything good, that would be wrong. Of course they frequently do things to ensure public safety, but that does not give them a license to commit any public offence anytime they want to. I am a man that believes in “The Rule of Law” and would not want to live in a society that encourages vigilantism. However, with the state of our police today, it appears that most police prefer vigilantism since their actions encourage it. When the police become criminals, then people have no other choice but to become vigilantes. I have yet to hear the FOP come out and condemn an illegal action taken by a police officer. I have yet to hear the FOP state that police officers should not give preferential treatment to other police officers. I have not seen the FOP go after a police officer that has used excessive force. It appears the FOP is nothing more than a cover-up commission for bad police officers and work to promote the idea that police officers are above the law and that police officers are the MASTERS and the people are their servants. "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." -Thomas Jefferson
Eric 8 months ago
Good for Indiana! "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." -Thomas Jefferson If the government is now disregarding the constitution (which it is in each of the 10 amendments contained within the bill of rights alone), then we ought to vote in legislation that helps us tie it down again.
bob bobinson 8 months ago
this also outlaws no-knock entries. If the cop knocks on the door and claims a warrant then the cop is safe, otherwise he is not.
Sam Thomas 8 months ago
Looks like you read the last comment wrong dumb-ass . He said If an officer of the law "Illegally breaks into my house" He can defend himself. And by the way I carry a gun so the only one going to call the cops for attempted robbery or worse is the assailant.

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