07 June 2012

Stopping Tyranny

Every time police Sergeant Joseph Hubbard stops a speeder or serves a search warrant, he says he worries suspects assume they can open fire -- without breaking the law.
Hubbard, a 17-year veteran of the police department in Jeffersonville, Indiana, says his apprehension stems from a state law approved this year that allows residents to use deadly force in response to the “unlawful intrusion” by a “public servant” to protect themselves and others, or their property.
“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,’” said Hubbard, 40, who is president of Jeffersonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 100. “Somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this law.”

My hope is that all other states follow Indiana in this law.  I have yet to meet any cop that is a principled defender of liberty (and I say that as a nephew of a cop); they are all literally law enforcement officers.  It matters not to them whether the legislation and regulations they are enforcing are constitutional or in keeping with natural law.  Rather, the only thing that matters is that the government which signs their paychecks tells them to crack down on certain behaviors.  Thus, cops are generally the enemies of freedom, the jack-booted thugs on the front line of the assault on liberty.

Furthermore, cops are given special privileges, such as violating the very laws they enforce. Cops get to carry guns and use them, generally with impunity.  If they feel threatened, or if someone rises against them, the cops get to shoot and kill people, and only occasionally get punished if their mistakes are too egregious.  Since cops are antithetical to liberty, it is wonderful to see that at least one state is offering its citizens additional protections in the defense of liberty.  Hopefully, more cops will feel afraid and think twice before infringing upon citizens’ natural rights.


  1. Last month I had a long wait for a Greyhound in Toledo so I walked around downtown there, one of the things they had was a small police memorial place with plaques for Toledo police officers KIA. What I noticed was that all the plaques were from about half a century ago. There was literally one single plaque within the last 20 years, whereas around the turn of the 20th century, there were tons.

    Police have turned into pussies. Fifty officers in full riot gear to deal with ten unarmed protesters, that's how they roll nowadays. I applaud Indiana for this first step toward sanity.

  2. The new law was a response to our state supreme court "upholding" the use of no-knock warrants. The police did it to themselves. It's sad that we had to pass a state law for the specific purpose of enforcing the Constitution.

  3. @Anon.- Most cops seem to have a bit of a power complex. They want the power that comes with wielding a gun, but they want immunity from the consequences, which is why they seek the badge. They're like your annoying younger cousin that comes up and punches you then immediately retreats behind his mommy's legs. He wants the rush of asserting dominance without the risk of blowback. Police have this same infantile mindset.

    Suz- It is sad that we had to pass a law, but it would have been sadder if we didn't. Better to have some legally-sanctioned recourse than none.