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Indiana first to allow homeowners to shoot police who enter unlawfully

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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.”

http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/Indiana_First_State_to_Allow_Citizens_to_Shoot_Law_Enforcement_Officers_120611

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If I can't break into your house without just cause why should a police officer?

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I personally disagree with such a law... Just seems like a time bomb waiting to blow.

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I cant wait to hear the Bollywood version of F... Tha Police !

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That story, while it disgusts me...

The SWAT officers had full authority to enter the home, so it's irrelavent to the topic.

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As sad as this is, they did have a warrent, so they were justified on entering the home.

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Usually the people who would shoot a cop on their property are the ones with a shoot first ask questions later mentality, which is why this seems dangerous. However, this does make sense to me in regards to protecting civilians rights, rights that are getting far and few between these days.

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I cant wait to hear the Bollywood version of F... Tha Police !

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and just is how one to know if the cops are entering lawfully?

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I think it will really depend on how they classify unlawful entry. Sometimes police need to get into someones house and for the right reasons they should be allowed to.

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