June 11, 2012

Good news on the Castle doctrine front

From AllGov:

Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers
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.”

There have been a number of cases where the police have the wrong street address, there is also the distressing uptick in swatting. I understand that these scenarios are very stressful and a clear picture of what is happening is often not available.

That being said, if a homeowner finds people breaking into his house at 0-dark-30, said homeowner has a right to defend themself and there should be no legal repercussions if the intruder is a police officer there on unwarranted grounds.

Posted by DaveH at June 11, 2012 07:48 PM
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