This is a first and interesting push back to a trend in law enforcement where swat teams and others have mistakenly gone into the wrong homes. I have seen it argued where they have gone into the wrong house either on poor evidence or intentionally. People died in mistakes of sloppy police work and it becomes ‘a regrettable but unavoidable’ situation in bureaucratic justification. It will be interesting to track this and see how it develops.
For sure a lot of people are going to looking closely at it. I suspect that it will not gain much ground in the south because one of the main roads for elected public service is through the state’s attorney or Sheriff’s office. That puts a powerful opposition block in place that is not in place throughout most of the country.
Have included the first three comments to this article because they raise some points that are valid and apt to get over looked considering recent trends in law enforcement.
‘…task – 6/12/2012 2:39:53 AM even in feudal england, the king’s men, were prevented from entering the poorest, smallest and most derelict of homes because they understood and respected the same property rights upon which our constitution was based.
Georgiaguy55 – 6/12/2012 2:37:03 AM one down and 49 more to go. hats off to the indiana legislature and gov daniels!
Rocco – 6/12/2012 2:34:49 AM of course law enforcement is going to whine and cry about this; any law that puts limitations on their supreme power to invade homes and kill/take into custody anyone they want without cause is certainly going to upset them. so they’ll say anything. the recipe for disaster only comes into play when the cops forget that they’re public servants. servants. not tyrants. and they simply do not have the right to break down doors without a warrant whenever they feel like it. i for one am ecstatic to see that the people of indiana stood up for themselves and put their state supreme court in its place! about time we showed these power hungry, blood-thirsty morons who precisely is the boss around here…this country is run with the consent of the governed. if they don’t like it, they’d better find a new career. some idiot cop is liable to test this law and he’s gonna end up on a metal slab in the process. …’
Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers
These are some more background links:
NRA-Backed Law Spells Out When Indianans May Open Fire on Police
AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.