Conservatives & Libertarians Agree: OK To Shoot Cops Who Execute No-Knock Raids In Self-Defense

The Libertarian Republic produced a non-scientific poll yesterday, asking our audience their opinion on the question of self-defense in the face of a no-knock raid. The question was posed as to whether or not people should be able to fire at police officers in self-defense if they believe their lives are in danger during a raid. The results were shocking.

After an incident in Killeen, Texas where a police officer was killed after executing a no-knock raid, the TLR community seemed unanimously to agree that people have a right to defend themselves on their own property if they believe their life or their loved one’s lives are in danger. Sadly, one officer was killed and three were injured in that recent raid, and the man who did it is now facing three attempted capital murder charges.

But no-knock raids put citizens in a moral grey area. If you do not know whether the thugs breaking into your home are government or private sector, then how can you be charged with capital murder if you weren’t properly warned that you were being served with an official warrant? The thugs breaking in could just as easily been dangerous criminals as much as police officers.

Certainly the government has the right to issue a search of a private residence if they have legally sought the authority of a judge after acquiring reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime. But the issuance of no-knock raids, especially in a state like Texas, seems like a bad idea. It places the officers and the public at what seems to be an unnecessary level of risk. Apparently the readers of TLR agree, but side heavily on the right of citizens to be secure in their homes and to be able to defend themselves if they are unable to ascertain the identity of the individuals who are breaking into their home.

Should citizens be able to legally shoot cops in self-defense from no-knock raids?

Poll results: 1,189 votes recorded

98.3% Yes

1.7% No

Voting multiple times from separate IP addresses was blocked. TLR’s audience is not just radical libertarians, but also many mainstream conservatives so this poll result is very surprising considering the law and order attitude from most conservatives. Still, 17 people did vote “no,” that there is “never an excuse to shoot an officer in the line of duty.”




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  • Jeff Blodgett
    May 13, 2014, 3:07 pm

    It shouldn’t matter if “the thugs breaking into your home are government or private sector.”

  • Christopher Michael Moore
    May 13, 2014, 3:21 pm

    The no-knock raids put our whole country at risk for escalating violence. Since a person can defend themselves in their homes with weaponry, and police are not identifying themselves means people do not know it is cops busting into their homes, I can only say that the approval of no-knock raids is intended for escalation.

  • Cynic in New York
    May 13, 2014, 4:33 pm

    “very surprising considering the law and order attitude from most conservatives.”

    Not really, conservatives predictably do less badge licking when a left-statist is in power as opposed to their own thug. In 2016 when a right-statist gets the reins of the national security state they will go back to 100% badge licking instead of the 80% when leftists are in power.

  • Derek Smith
    May 13, 2014, 5:18 pm

    You say 17 people said no. But that would result in a 1.4% saying no if there were 1189 people voting…

  • NorCalSister
    May 13, 2014, 7:13 pm

    I mentioned before there has been other cases where thugs do home invasions and yell “Police get down” as they enter homes so the home owner will not go for there guns…

    So how do you know who’s police and who might just rob and kill you?


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