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.”
I think this is a good law. I mean, I own my own house and if ANYONE came in unlawfully, I would shoot them and ask questions later. And if a policeman came in unlawfully and didn’t announce who they were, they would deserve to be shot.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I support the police when they are following the laws that they are sworn to uphold. I have the utmost respect for them. But, just like them, if someone comes in my house unannounced and I don’t know they are coming, I have a Constitutional right to defend myself against something that may hurt me. And if they don’t announce themselves, I don’t know what their intentions are or who they are. Just like a policeman has to be careful when approaching a vehicle they stop cause they have no idea what is waiting for them. After all it could be a person with a gun pointed at them. Same goes for my home. The law states:
In enacting this section, the general assembly finds and declares that it is the policy of this state to recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant. By reaffirming the long standing right of a citizen to protect his or her home against unlawful intrusion, however, the general assembly does not intend to diminish in any way the other robust self defense rights that citizens of this state have always enjoyed. Accordingly, the general assembly also finds and declares that it is the policy of this state that people have a right to defend themselves and third parties from physical harm and crime. The purpose of this section is to provide the citizens of this state with a lawful means of carrying out this policy.
So, HOORAY for Indiana in passing this law. We have to read the law, and note that the key word here is “UNLAWFUL INTRUSION”. If the police want to come in my home, they are welcome, but announce yourselves and come in legally. That is all we ask. So Indiana is the first state in the Union to pass this law. Good for you Governor Daniels.
If you want to read about the law I found it at: All Gov. Once there, click on the NEWS link and it is on the page there under TOP STORIES. I tried to put the links in here but they wouldn’t work, so they are in the story at All Gov.
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