Monday, March 12, 2012
An officer from another agency (and someone I grew up with) was checking his home after hearing a noise. He accidentally fired his gun. Fortunately it grazed his foot. Can't wait to see him again to remind him of finger placement on a pistol.
A car full full of teenagers flee an officer while shooting at him. Thankfully they missed and last I heard two were caught along with the gun.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
(2) prevent or terminate the law enforcement officer's unlawful entry of or attack on the person's dwelling, curtilage, or occupied motor vehicle; or
(3) prevent or terminate the law enforcement officer'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.
(i) Notwithstanding subsection (h), a person is not justified in using force against a law enforcement officer if:
(1) the person is committing or is escaping after the commission of a crime;
(2) the person provokes action by the law enforcement officer with intent to cause bodily injury to the law enforcement officer;
(3) the person has entered into combat with the law enforcement officer or is the initial aggressor, unless the person withdraws from the encounter and communicates to the law enforcement officer the intent to do so and the law enforcement officer nevertheless continues or threatens to
continue unlawful action: or
(4) the person reasonably believes the law enforcement officer is:
(A) acting lawfully, or
(B) engaged in the lawful execution of the law enforcement officer's official duties.
(j) A person is not justified in using deadly force against a law enforcement officer who the person knows or reasonably should know is a law enforcement officer unless:
(1) the person reasonably believes that the law enforcement officer is:
(A) acting unlawfully; or
(B) not engaged in the execution of the officer's official duties; and
(2) the force is reasonably necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person.
I read with great interest SB0001 in Indiana. If I understand the premise correctly it's design is to protect citizens from unlawful government intrusions. I can certainly respect that ideal. However I do not think this bill goes far enough to protect the people from the government. The vast majority of intrusion isn't from law enforcement but from the legislators across the nation that make bad laws. Therefore I respectfully suggest that citizens be allowed to use reasonable force to defend themselves from the legislators that would unlawfully interfere with their lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. Now I'm not saying citizens be allowed to use force to defend themselves against legislators making laws they disagree with. I respectfully suggest that citizens use the same standard they would in determining a police officer's presence on their property is unlawful; simply leave it up to the perception of the citizen. If the citizen reasonably believes a law passed by a legislator would harm him/her then the citizen be allowed to use reasonable force against the legislator as they would the police officer. Thank you for your time in reading this email and good luck in protecting the citizenry from yourselves.