Originally posted by Sonya610
In every state that I know of one cannot use deadly force to protect property. There has to be a threat to personal safety or life (though breaking
into a house qualifies as it is reasonable to fear for ones life in those situations).
[edit on 22-6-2008 by Sonya610]
In Texas, you can not only use deadly force to protect your property, but your neighbor's property as well.
That said, how many of you have ever actually had someone walk in your house in the middle of the night? You most likely won't be in the mood to
politely call out, turn on the light, and see who it is.
I had someone enter my apartment one night because I left the door unlocked. That was my fault, but that doesn't give a person an excuse to walk in
to my bedroom, and it doesn't mean I'm encouraging crime. A criminal already has the intent, or he wouldn't be out looking for open doors in the
middle of the night.
Here is how things went:
What was that? Cat. No, door hitting stereo speaker. Someone is in here.
*Hand reached for gun on headboard*
I moved the gun when I cleaned!
Go to the kitchen, get a knife.
*Grabbed the biggest knife with both hands, braced my feet and waited*
Voice: "It's me, I'm too drunk to drive home!"
*Lowered knife and took a BIG breath.*
It was some guy I worked with who thought he would be better off sleeping it off on my couch.
If a cop had knocked on my door, shouted and asked if everything was ok, or done anything to get my attention rather than walk to my bedroom it would
have been understandable to me, but the night I wake up to someone at my bedroom door, I'm not going wait to see who it is.
I can't believe cops wouldn't know better than this. Probable cause? No blood, no broken anything, no freaked out or hurt kids. So that made them
think they should walk up to the bedroom? I don't believe that they couldn't wake up the adults---unless the adults were deaf. I betcha that
little old me could yell loud enough to not only wake them up, but the neighbors as well. They could have turned on the siren and lights, insisted
that the kids wake the adults, got the phone number from the kids and called the house, etc..
I don't buy this idea that these cops walked all the way to a bedroom, like some kind of benevolent father figures, making sure the good people were
tucked soundly in bed. This fits right in with the process of softening up the sheeple for the police state we are headed toward. I sent the article
to a friend and she didn't see anything wrong because their actions could have protected the kids from a molester. Sure, while we're at it, let's
microchip and tattoo kids. That would protect them too. Heck that's what I've done to my horses and dogs.