Police officer’s in Indiana will have to be a little more careful when they make house calls, or pull drivers over nowadays, after a law was passed to allow regular citizens to shoot any officer they feel is illegally breaching their property.
Indiana state Senator Michael Young, who authored the new law with the support of the National Rifle Association, told Bloomberg News, that it was necessary to create such a law after a state Supreme Court issued a ruling last year that “there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.”
Of course police organizations in the state tried to oppose the law out of fear this will give some people in certain situations that are not deemed unlawful, to put officers trying to deal with the situation, in harms way.
Tim Downs, President of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, told Bloomberg News that the law could open the way for people who are under the influence or emotionally distressed to attack officers in their homes: “It’s just a recipe for disaster. It just puts a bounty on our heads.”
“If I pull over a car and I walk up to it and the guy shoots me, he’s going to say, ‘Well, he was trying to illegally enter my property,’” 17-year veteran police Sgt. Joseph Hubbard, of the Jeffersonville, Ind., police department, said. “Somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this law.”