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Legislators Considering Homeowners Rights To Resist Police

Last updated on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana homeowners would have limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes in a handful of instances under a bill that state legislators are considering.

A state Senate committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing today on a bill that follows a public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling in May that said homeowners cannot violently resist police officers even during an illegal entry.

The bill's sponsors say it is narrowly crafted to set out the rights of homeowners.
The bill would allow homeowners to use force if the police officer is unidentified or not acting on official duty. Officers would be allowed to enter a home when chasing a criminal suspect or when they believe someone inside is in danger.

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