Home Entry Bill Clears Indiana Senate Panel

by Rick Howlett on January 17, 2012

From the Associated Press:

An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed a proposal giving state residents limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes.

The Senate’s criminal code committee voted 8-0 Tuesday to back the bill that follows a public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling in May that said homeowners cannotviolently resist police officers even during an illegal entry.

Bill sponsor Sen. Michael Young of Indianapolis says it is narrowly crafted to set out the rights of homeowners.

The bill would allow residents to resist if the police officer is unidentified or not acting on official duty. Officers would be allowed to enter a home when they have a warrant, are chasing a criminal suspect or believe someone inside is in danger.

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