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New Indiana Law Allows Citizens to Shoot Police Officers

  • In Indiana, police officers are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes.

    The law was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The law was adopted after the Indiana State Supreme Court ruled that there was “no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers," after a man assaulted an officer during a domestic violence call.

    The law's author, Republican state Sen. Michael Young, said there haven't been any cases [yet] in which people have used the law to justify shooting police.

    The National Rifle Association lobbied for the new law, claiming that the Indiana State Supreme Court decision had legalized police to commit unjustified entries.

    Tim Downs, President of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, told Bloomberg News that 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. It just puts a bounty on our heads.”

    Indiana is the first U.S. state to specifically allow force against officers, according to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, which represents prosecutors.

    New Indiana Law Allows Citizens to Shoot Poli

    In Indiana, police officers are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. The law was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.The law was adopted after the Indiana State Supreme Cour

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  • The Indiana Supreme court forced this issue with their absolutely stupid decision...

    --- "unlawful entry" returns us to pre-colonial days with occupation by the British troops.

    With continual funding of local police units as para military troops (who is afraid of whom?)...

    --- it won't end here in Indiana.

    You can thank the paranoid schizos who run our government...

    --- and the incarceration hawks who aren't happy until everyone is in prison without habeus corpus...like our boy Matty.

  • The key phrase here is "unlawful entry". "Unlawful" as in "illegal". This isn't Russia. Citizens have rights and one of those rights is the Indiana "Castle Doctrine". A homeowner has the right to use deadly force against an UNLAWFUL INTRUSION by another person. This is a nation of laws. If law enforcement want entry into a home, make it legal or have probable cause. Real life is not an episode of "The Shield". (Disclaimer: my son is a longtime lawman working at the local, state, and Federal level. I love law enforcement with everything I have. They still need probable cause and make their entry LAWFUL). I used to be active on another board. I got sick and tired of all the crying and whining, blaming Excise, SBPD, and NDPD for all the alcohol related problems with some of our players. Among other issues, I had to leave that ND community.