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Indiana Lawmakers Reacting To When Violent Force Can Be Used Against Police

Last updated on Friday, October 21, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) (AP) - Indiana lawmakers reacting to a recent court ruling saying people cannot legally fight police entering their homes are closer to proposed legislation that would specify when violent force can and cannot be used against officers.

The legislative panel is due to vote next week on a bill that would allow people to use violent force to resist police entry if they do not know that it's police at their door or if the officers are not performing official duties.

The proposed legislation would not cover suspected cases of domestic violence or imminent harm, crimes in progress, or the serving of warrants.

The Indiana Supreme Court last month upheld its contentious earlier ruling saying people cannot violently resist police they believe are trying to enter their homes illegally.

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