Good news for citizens in Indiana, to whom the state legislature recently granted the explicit right to protect their homes from unlawful intrusion – even if the intruder is a public official or police officer.
Our neighbors to the north became the first state in the US to adopt explicit language that police officers and other public officials are not exempt from the consequences of breaking into a private citizens’ home. Happily, Kentucky is one of more than thirty states in the nation to defend the “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand-your-ground” principle which allows individuals to defend their homes and cars from intruders using deadly force.
However, Kentucky has yet to explicitly spell out that law-abiding citizens are allowed to “stand their ground” if their home is invaded by a police officer.
Indiana has provided yet another example to the Kentucky legislature, and truly treats their citizens’ homes as a castle to be protected.