Indiana just became the first state to legally permit residents to shoot at police if they feel their property is being illegally breached by an officer.
Newsroom America reports, June 12, 2012, that proponents of the law, including its author, state Sen. Michael Young and the National Rifle Association, say it was necessary following a state Supreme Court ruling last year which said “there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.”
The new Indiana law amends — by adding the term “public servant” — the 2006 so-called Castle Doctrine bill that allows deadly force to stop illegal entry into a home or car.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about the Castle doctrine:
A Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal doctrine that designates a person’s abode (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may in certain circumstances use force, up to and including deadly force, to defend against an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution. Typically deadly force is considered justified, and a defense of justifiable homicide applicable, in cases “when the actor reasonably fears imminent peril of death or serious bodily harm to himself or another”. The doctrine is not a defined law that can be invoked, but a set of principles which is incorporated in some form in the law of most states.
Opponents of the new Indiana law, especially police organizations, say it is a recipe for disaster. Sgt. Joseph Hubbard, a 17-year veteran of the Jeffersonville, Ind., police department, said: “If I pull over a car and I walk up to it and the guy shoots me, he’s going to say, ‘Well, he was trying to illegally enter my property’. “Somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this law.”
Do you agree with the new law or with Sgt. Hubbard?
H/t Grouchy Fogie and Dennis