The first of the 50 United States, Indiana has passed a law that permits civilians to shoot a law enforcement official. This law states that any civilian is legally permitted to shoot a law enforcement agent who enters the home or car of a citizen illegally.
The phrase, “A man’s home is his castle” is taken quite literally with this law. Here is a more detailed look at the specifics of this law:
Specifics of the Indiana IC 35-41-3-2 & IC 35-41-3-3 – the Castle Doctrine Law
- Any person is allowed to use force against any other person in order to protect his or her property. This force must be reasonable and warranted and is permitted if it is believed that the third person intends to purposefully hurt another person or property.
- A person is justified to use deadly force and does not have to retreat if that person truly believes that such force is necessary.
- A person cannot be held in legal contempt of any kind if the protection that was used is found to have been necessary.
Given the nature of the Castle Doctrine Law, there is much debate and controversy over the legality and the rights of this law. While people should certainly have the right to protect their possessions, is it right that a person should be severely harmed or killed for breaking, entering or disturbing a person’s property in any way? Many people believe that this law will lead to a huge increase in unnecessary violence in the state of Indiana. It is also believed that this law will add to the deterioration of the respect for authority figures in Indiana. This includes officers of the law, the courts, as well as the rules of the law.