Indiana legalizes shooting trespassing police officers

Published On: Friday, December 21, 2012 2:40 AM
By: Shifra Unger
No trespassing sign
Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law that allows residents to use lethal force against public servants, including law enforcement officials who illegally enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels into law.

The first of its kind in the United States, the law was passed after the state Supreme Court had gone too far in one of their 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 is "no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers." So the legislators wrote a new law permitting the killing of trespassing police officers.

The National Rifle Association pushed for the new law, arguing that the court's decision had legalized the police to make unwarranted searches.
Tim Downs, president of the Order of the Indiana State Fraternal of Police, who opposed the legislation, said the law could pave the way for people who are influenced by emotional distress to attack the agents when they enter into their homes.