The National Rifle Association has been pushing for a law that would allow citizens the right to defend themselves without prosecution against a violent, unjustified attack by police officers. Well they got it. Indiana is the first U. S. state to specifically allow force against officers.

Before everyone gets up in arms, this is not about some guy getting pulled over and shooting a police officer and then claiming he was using self defense. This has all been based upon the issue of police officers coming to the wrong place and terrorizing people by busting down their doors or breaking in without a warrant.

While some police officers are worried about serving warrants, I'm sure that is not the result of this new law. I would imagine anytime an officer has to go and serve a warrant it is a tense moment. In some cases it is life threatening. However with the number of break ins without warrants and the rising number of those being at the wrong address, the law is needed to protect those who are dwelling in their homes when these things happen.

Often the police officers are not reprimanded or fired. A mere apology may or may not be given. In some circumstances money is paid for damage done, but that is the extent of it.

In reference to the new law BusinessWeek reports,

The measure was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March. It amended a 2006 so-called Castle Doctrine bill that allows deadly force to stop illegal entry into a home or car.

The law describes the ability to use force to “protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force.”

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.

According to Young, “There are bad legislators. There are bad clergy, bad doctors, bad teachers, and it’s these officers that we’re concerned about that when they act outside their scope and duty that the individual ought to have a right to protect themselves.”

Governor Mitch Daniels said in a statement that the law requires that those using force to "reasonably believe" that a law enforcement officer is acting illegally and that the action against the officer is to prevent "serious bodily injury."

“In the real world, there will almost never be a situation in which these extremely narrow conditions are met,” Daniels continued. “This law is not an invitation to use violence or force against law enforcement officers.”

All I can say is it's about time the citizens got some protection in these narrowly defined instances.

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