Indiana House Approves Use-of-Force Bill

by Rick Howlett on March 1, 2012

From the Associated Press:

The Indiana House has approved a bill laying out when people are justified in using force against police officers.

The House voted 74-24 Thursday in favor of the bill that’s a response to the public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling that residents could not resist officers even during an illegal entry.

The measure specifies residents are protected by the state’s self-defense law if they reasonably believe force is necessary to protect themselves from unlawful actions by an officer.

Supporters say the proposal strengthens the rights of homeowners while also making clear that anyone who is committing a crime isn’t justified in using force against an officer.

Opponents argued the legislature shouldn’t give people justification for attacking officers. The House and Senate must still agree on a final version.

In other legislative action Thursday, the Indiana Senate gave final approval to a plan to require inspections of temporary outdoor stages like the one that collapsed at last year’s Indiana State Fair, killing seven people. The measure is now headed to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

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