Cops could be put on the other of the gun after a new law was passed allowing Indiana residents to shoot at an officer in order to protect their own property.
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Indiana has become the first state to allow citizens to use force against police officers, according to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington. The law was developed to enable citizens to protect their property in the case of an unjustified police attack. Some say it leaves to much room open for abuse.
"Somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this law," Joseph Hubbard, a 17-year veteran of the Police Department in Jeffersonville, told the San Francisco Gate. "If I pull over a car and I walk up to it and the guy shoots me, he's going to say, 'Well, he was trying to illegally enter my property.'"
Other suggested that the law was in reaction to the dwindling professionalism within the police force.
"I remember a time when I had respect for law enforcement, it has long passed," HandyMan wrote on the SFG blog. "How does it feel to be on the other side of the barrel good cop? Do your job and defend liberty and you won't have a damn thing to worry about."
The law was pushed by the National Rifle Association, also responsible for the "Stand Your Ground Law" in Florida- a controversial aspect of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
"It's just a recipe for disaster," Tim Downs, president of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police and chief of the Lake County police in northwest Indiana, said. "It just puts a bounty on our heads."