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Indiana's Cop-Killing Law

Posted on the 25 March 2012 by Mikeb302000
via Mad Mike's America
The new law reverses a state Supreme Court ruling that homeowners do not have the right to use force against law enforcement officials who they believe are illegally entering their homes. According to the Evansville Courier Press, an Evansville resident fought a police officer who followed him into his house during a domestic dispute call. “The state Supreme Court found that officers sometimes enter homes without warrants for reasons protected by the law, such as pursuing suspects or preventing the destruction of evidence. In these situations, we find it unwise to allow a homeowner to adjudge the legality of police conduct in the heat of the moment,” the court said. “As we decline to recognize a right to resist unlawful police entry into a home, we decline to recognize a right to batter a police officer as a part of that resistance.”
But Governor Daniels is merely attempting to put political spin on a bad bill. Indeed, Daniels admits that he nearly vetoed it precisely because the bill could be grossly misinterpreted and could lead to killings of police and citizens. This law is basically a loophole for citizens to kill police officers and claim self-defense. There are many people out there who think no police officers have the right to enter homes or property, even if there is a warrant.
What do you think? Should the governor have gone with his first instinct and vetoed it? Do you think the instances of police entering one's home with the intention of committing murder are sufficient to warrant this nonsense? Do you think this law will lead to the kinds of things we've had with the "stand your ground" laws, unnecessary killings and people getting away with murder?
Please leave a comment.

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