Indiana House Approves Bill That Allows Homeowners To Kill Police Officers

Author: March 2, 2012 9:51 am

Republicans in Indiana are taking self-defense too far. In a move supported by the National Rifle Association, the Indiana House passed Senate Bill 1, which allows homeowners to shoot and kill police officers they believe are unlawfully on their property or in their homes. The bill could also extend to federal law enforcement officials.

According to the Evansville Courier Press, the bill is a response to a decision made by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2011. “The court ruled that homeowners do not have the right to use force against law enforcement officials who they believe are illegally entering their homes. That decision came in the case of Richard Barnes, who filed a lawsuit against police who followed him into his house while they were responding to a domestic dispute Barnes had with his wife.”

The key word there, is ‘believe.’ People have different beliefs when it comes to the police. Most people respect the boys in blue and understand that they are just trying to do a dangerous job that doesn’t exactly pay well. Some, on the other hand, have no respect at all for police and believe them to be the enemy at all time, whether they have a warrant or not. But it’s a particularly risky situation that Republicans are putting police officers in, because in some situations police officers enter homes when they have sufficient reason to believe that a crime is taking place. For example, if a police officer is walking by a home and a woman screams because her husband is beating her mercilessly, there isn’t time to wait for a court approved warrant to enter the home. Under Senate Bill 1, which passed by a 74-24 vote, the husband could shoot and kill the officer for entering his home and get away with it. And there are many other situations where police may deem it necessary to enter a home, such as the situation in which the Indiana Court ruled.

Rep. Craig Fry, a Democrat, says the bill “is going to cause people to die and it’s too late after somebody dies for a jury to sort it out. Somebody’s going to die, whether it’s a police officer or an individual who thinks a police officer is entering their home unlawfully. People are going to die.”

Fry’s colleague, Democratic Rep. Linda Lawson, a former police captain, says the bill would create an “open season on law enforcement,” and is opposed by “1,250 state police officers and 14,000 men and women in blue, brown and green.”

Republicans claim the bill actually protects police officers, but what it really does is give paranoid gun toting anti-government nut jobs the legal ability to shoot any officer that steps in their home or on their property. It allows those who commit a crime to have a safe haven from police officers who pursue them. All a criminal needs to do is run home to legally resist arrest. Like many laws, people will more than likely misinterpret it to mean they can kill any police officer in their home as long as they think they are there illegally. And many people aren’t going to see a difference between an officer with a warrant and an officer without one. Many people believe that police have no right to exercise authority in their homes whatsoever, even if a crime may have been or is being committed, even if there is a warrant. This bill takes home defense to an entirely new level. We aren’t talking about thieves or murderers, or rapists entering homes. This bill is about police, who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep people safe. Nobody has the right to shoot and kill a police officer for doing their job. Instead of letting judges and juries sort things out, Republicans in Indiana believe more gun play is the answer to keep police in check, and such beliefs are going to result in more dead civilians and dead police.


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  • I like it the law should apply equally to everyone. Great step at putting the jack booted thugs back in the box.

  • Wow, the dumb-ass bozo’s who put forward this bill, the even dumber-ass bozo’s who passed the bill, along with the National Rifle Association who supports this bill, have given defending one’s self a whole new meaning. When the day comes any one of you need the help of the police I hope their reply is “sorry, can’t help you as I am not putting my life on the line for you”. We all know the police won’t do that, they will help as they are trained to do, but I sure hope they take the Swat Team with them and get set up before they knock on any doors when they are there to investigate any kind of incident. This bill is ridiculous, can see a “free for all shoot out” happening between citizens and the police.

  • Captainscorpio

    Don’t see why this is too far. This is a rare instance of the GOP actually following through on what it claims to be about — the rights of citizens — and not making exceptions for military/law enforcement.

    Police already have massive legal authority on their side; add in common public assumption of their victims’ guilt (especially when they’re of color), a frequent disinclination to prosecute and ready means to tamper with evidence. Witness the widespread Occupy abuse, and then multiply for all the occasions when there wasn’t a bunch of white victims to get it on TV. They’re able to assault with near impunity where, had any protester raised a hand in their own defense, they’d have been lucky to have been charged with assaulting an officer rather than gunned down.

    Of course the language is “believe”; all self-defense is about what the defender believes to be true; you don’t wait until someone’s convicted of a crime against you before you act in self-defense. But hey, I’ll totally back amending it to “reasonably believe.”

    Then the affluent GOP neighborhood scenario doesn’t hold out any more than a non-affluent neighborhood. Police need to announce their presence and intent before entering a property; if they present a warrant, then there’s no reasonable question of the legality of their entry (though illegal warrants are possible, that’s not reasonable to assume).

    Self-defense oughtn’t stop being self-defense because the attacker has a uniform and works for the government.

  • And, again, protections are being removed from women. Now, even the police can save them from a beating, or worse. Indiana, if not a no-mans-land, should certainly become a no-womans-land. Ladies, jump ship!

    • Hey I under no circumstances agree with domestic violence, but there are multiple provisions in place for battered women and children. If her husband is beating her them grab a gun and shoot his a**. But in a corrupt world we need to have a balance in power and this includes Law enforcement. Who do u think they work for. Before we know it all of our rights are going to be gone.I should have every right to defend myself from anyone including Law enforcement that enters my home illegally. The persons who started this see what the government is becoming. Officers have multiple tools at there disposal to protect themselves. WHAT DO WE HAVE?

  • Considering how the police have been acting lately, a little freedom of self-defense doesn’t sound so bad.

  • Just wait until a violent crime wave starts in the GOP’ers affluent neighborhoods and the police whom they’ve hamstrung will not be able to help them. We’ll ask, where was the NRA? Why couldn’t they help you?

    The GOP caters so much to the NRA and gun nut lobby that things like this happen because their members are afraid they won’t have gun rights in the future. Here’s a newsflash GOP, NRA, and Fox News… No matter how much anyone on the left really wants to ban guns, they’ll never be ban. That is because the neither the 2nd Amendment nor any of the Bill of Rights are likely to ever be repealed. Think about it NRA folks, 2/3 of state legislatures would have to ratify an appeal even if the entire US Congress and the White House were stocked full of gun haters. How many of the Southern or Midwestern Red States are going to ratify that?

    The NRA is using you to make money for gun manufacturers just like the rest of rich use you by keeping you scared that guns will be taken, that somehow you’ll be affected by same-sex couples being married, or that everyone having health coverage like the rich is really bad. Their agenda is not to protect the rights of the huddled masses but instead to make money off of the huddled masses fear.

    PC out.

    • “ratify a repeal” not “ratify an appeal.” Damned autocorrect! PC.

    • if there were a like button I’d hit it 10 times.

    • Liberalsareclinicallyinsane

      Lies, lies, lies, what else would you expect from an “order follower”, “just doing my job”, government henchman?!

      Nothing stops pigs from continuing to “do their job”!

      A “law enforcer” who hates gun rights for the little people, how original!

      Get a rectal decraniotomy, goon!

      • You are an idiot. I hope you need the protection of the police at some point in your life and I hope they refuse to help you. You have obviously had a lobotomy and your brain has been removed because you are STUPID!

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