Is it ever legal to shoot a police officer?
In a growing number of states, laws are being passed to allow just that. Below is an excerpt from a law in Indiana, which has become the first state to pass a formal law of this kind:
(i) A person is justified in using reasonable force against a public servant if the person reasonably believes the force is necessary to:
(1) protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force;
(2) prevent or terminate the public servant’s unlawful entry of or attack on the person’s dwelling, curtilage, or occupied motor vehicle; or
(3) prevent or terminate the public servant’s unlawful trespass on or criminal interference with property lawfully in the person’s possession, lawfully in possession of a member of the person’s immediate family, or belonging to a person whose property the person has authority to protect
The President of Jeffersonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 100, Joseph Hubbard, has spoken out against these types of laws, asserting that “somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this.” Only time will tell if he is right, though many believe his opinions only stir up tension among the law enforcement community. This type of fear mongering has caused more officers to look at these laws as a threat, rather than a public safety measure. On the other hand, many leaders in police accountability and citizen’s rights movements believe that the passage of these laws is an important step toward reducing the prevalence of police tyranny and preventing the encroachment of citizens’ liberties.