Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers

The last line of this story is all wrong, what it should say is this, "This will make law enforcement double and triple check an address before we kick down an innocent person's door and rush in with black ski masks on, waving weapons around and yelling like home invaders."

I have all the respect in the world for good law enforcement agents. I do. They have a tough job that they don't get paid near enough for. But not all law enforcement personnel are good ones. I'm sorry to say, I have know some really bad cops.

Maybe this law will force police departments to take more care in information gathering. It has to be very traumatic to have cops bust into your home in the middle of the night only to find out they should have been next door. This law actually works in everyone's favor. Though, I'm sure not everyone views it that way.
 From AllGov

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.”

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