Is it Legal to Shoot a Cop?

Is it ever legal to shoot cops? A growing number of states are passing laws that say that yes, in fact, sometimes it is well within a citizen’s rights to shoot a police officer.

Other states have already ruled in favor of citizens shooting police officers in self-defense, (even hip-hop legend Tupac walked after shooting two cops in self-defensenow, in the state of Indiana, if a police officer initiates aggression without cause in someone’s home, violence can be used against them in self-defense – including using lethal force.

The new law was drafted to “recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant.”

This should hardly be seen as profound or alarming.

In the past, self-defense was viewed as a human right. The Bill of Rights does not grant rights to the citizenry of the United States, it recognizes natural rights. One of those rights — a veritable law of Nature — is the right to resist.

No matter what one does, or takes from you, nothing can stop the innate right to follow our natural impulses of resistance. That does not mean all will exercise that right. But the right itself is natural, primordial, inborn.

The new amendment in Indiana recognizes this. It makes it clear that badges do not grant special rights to break into someone’s house and commit acts of violent aggression. If they do, the resident has the right to resist those illegal actions and defend themselves.

The Free Thought Project notes that many police officers “have already begun to fear monger the passage of this bill,” saying “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.’”

This fear mongering comes from Joseph Hubbard, 40, the president of Jeffersonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 100, who asserts “somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this law.”

In spite of these statements, here’s what the law actually states:

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

What do you think about this law?

Would you like to see more states adopt laws like this, or is this a recipe for disaster?


This article (State Makes It Legal to Shoot Cops in Self-Defense If They Violate Your Rights) originally appeared on

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    Dallas Williams 2 years ago

    I have mixed feelings about this. In the case where a truly bad cop is acting outside the law to harm you or a loved one you have every right to defend yourself with proportionate and appropriate means just as you do against a civilian. However, this shouldn’t in any way be twisted and perverted to mean that people have the right to gun down or fight an officer who is acting within their lawful duties.

  2. DallasWilliams 2 years ago

    I have mixed feelings about this. There are cases that occur where a civilian should have every right to defend themselves against a truly bad cop who acts outside the law to harm or terrorize them or a loved one just as they would against a civilian. However at the same time this shouldn’t be twisted around and perverted to mean that you can assassinate or fight an officer who is acting within their lawful duties, don’t break the law and cooperate with police.

  3. DamianRoss 2 years ago

    DallasWilliams Agreed. Look, the right to protect and defend yourself has always existed. This law is simply exemplifying that fact. Plus, criminals using police brutality as a reason for resisting arrest has been happening since the 70’s.

  4. waston 2 years ago

    I agree with this law.  I once watched a video where a group of officers broke into a guy’s home because they suspected he was a drug dealer.  As they were in the home, they shot the guy’s dogs.  They were locked up in their cages!  One of them was like a corgi or something like that.  All the cops found was a used joint, something minuscule.
    In another instance, we have the Kelly Thomas murder.  This poor bum was beat to death by 3 police officers and left lying in a pool of blood.  The guy did not have a chance!  As a parent of two mentally disabled boys, if I see a bunch of cops (or anyone for that matter) brutally beating any of them, I WILL open fire on them!  

    Anyway, please don’t take this for me cop hating.  I like cops for the most part.  I used to want to be one myself and have two dear cousins who are police officers.  
    Unfortunately, there are people who join the police force for the wrong reasons and should not have made the cut.  I once read an article about some police fraternity who wore off duty t-shirts proclaiming, “I violated the rights of people at the “X” rally”.  We need laws like the above mentioned Indiana law for those kinds of police officers.

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