Indiana Allows Self-Defense Against Unlawful Police Violence
Owing to the recent militarization of police, an increasing number of families have been terrorized by SWAT teams breaking down their doors – only to discover they have targeted the wrong individual or the wrong house. It’s high time other states passed similar laws.
According to Bloomberg News, Indiana recently enacted a law specifically allowing the use of force against law enforcement officers. The National Rifle Association pushed for the law, following an unfavorable court decision, to allow homeowners to defend themselves during a violent, unjustified attack.
The measure was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March.
Republican state Senator R. Michael Young, the bill’s author, said there haven’t been any cases in which suspects have used the law to justify shooting police. He said “public servant” was added to clarify the law after a state Supreme Court ruling last year that “there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.” The case was based on a man charged with assaulting an officer during a domestic-violence call.
Young cited a hypothetical situation of a homeowner returning to see an officer raping his daughter or wife. Under the court’s ruling, the homeowner could not touch the officer and only file a lawsuit later, he said. Young said he devised the idea for the law after the court ruling.
“There are bad legislators,” Young said. “There are bad clergy, bad doctors, bad teachers, and it’s these officers that we’re concerned about. When they act outside their scope and duty, the individual ought to have a right to protect themselves.”