Indiana is the first state specifically to allow force against officers, says the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Bloomberg News says the National Rifle Association pushed for the law, saying an unfavorable court decision made the need clear and that it would allow homeowners to defend themselves during a violent, unjustified attack. Police lobbied against it.
The measure, signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels in March, amended a 2006 so-called Castle Doctrine bill that allows deadly force to stop illegal entry into a home or car. The law describes the ability to use force to “protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force.” State Sen. R. Michael Young, the bill’s author, said there haven’t been any cases in which suspects have used the law to justify shooting police. He said “public servant” was added to clarify the law after a state Supreme Court ruling that “there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.” The case was based on a man charged with assaulting an officer during a domestic-violence call.