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Ear to the Ground

Indiana’s ‘Right to Resist’ Endangers Police Officers

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Posted on Jul 5, 2012
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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

I’m guessing you missed this story, because I did. It mostly escaped examination by the major media.

In March, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law that allows the use of deadly force against police officers entering a home if occupants believe that they are acting unlawfully. The law came in response to an Indiana Supreme Court decision that stated the arrest of a man who shoved officers as they entered his home in response to a domestic violence call was lawful. Supporters of the law, including the National Rifle Association, say it protects the civil liberties of homeowners against unlawful abuses by police. Opponents argue that the law threatens officers and unnecessarily escalates violence between officers and citizens. 

Perhaps the Hoosier State thought it should have a statute that outdid other states’ “stand your ground” laws in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and wanted to give its gangsters and other violent criminals a bit more legal support.

—Posted by Christian Neumeister.

From WSBT:

Tuesday marked a somber anniversary for the South Bend Police Department and a local family. It’s the anniversary of the early morning Cpl. Nick Polizzotto and Ptl. Michael Norby responded to reports of shots fired on Lincolnway East in 2007.

When the two officers tried to question Scott Barnaby in his room at the Wooden Indian Motel, Barnaby shot them both. Polizzotto died.

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