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Indiana now 'police state'

The normally conservative state of Indiana has now became a police state. Since Moemar Kadaffi is no longer available, Indiana's ruling police junta will be attempting to contact Caeser Chavez to see if he is interested in becoming Indiana's first dictator. Sounds bizarre, maybe, but, if current state trends continue, it may happen in the future.

The Indiana House recently passed House Bill 1406 which allows campus police to have statewide arrest powers. Now that this bill is law, Indiana has taken its first step toward becoming a police state. Why? Up until now, all law enforcement and civil order control agencies in Indiana reported to an elected official. National Guard reports to the governor, state law enforcement officers report to the attorney general, deputies report to the sheriff, city police and town marshals report to the mayor or town council, all of whom are elected. Campus police report to the safety director, who reports to the Board of Regents, none of whom are elected. When the police do not report to an elected official, that is called a police state.

Nationwide, there is an epidemic of criminals that impersonate police officers and pull over innocent civilians who have done nothing wrong. The innocent civilians are then robbed, injured or worse by these criminals and the passing of this bill will only make matters worse for the following reasons. Campus officials will not allow campus police to drive university police cars all over the state. So, when a campus cop exercises his statewide arrest powers, they will be in their personal vehicle, which will be equipped with lights and sirens. The officer impersonators in Indiana will love this bill; they may even be the ones who sponsored it.

Now that this bill has become law, the state legislature should pass legislation that will protect the innocent motoring public from these predators. One solution is a bill that only allows officers to pull over individuals when they are in marked cars. Another idea is that, when individuals are being pulled over at night for non-felony violations, they be allowed to proceed to a lighted public location before stopping.

Steve Davisson is to be applauded for being the only local state legislator to vote against this bill.

The next step toward Indiana becoming a police state occurred in May when the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that police have the right to enter a home "for any reason or no reason at all." Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, has taken up arms against this ruling and will enact legislation in the next session to change the law. Please contact your state representative or senator and urge them to join Young in correcting this attack upon the Constitution.

I would like to thank the Clarion for allowing me to exercise my right to free political speech.

Gary Robinson
Marengo, Ind.
January 04, 2012

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