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Bill Amendments Limit When Hoosiers Can Resist Police Entry

Amendments to a bill in the Indiana House further limit when residents can resist police entry into their homes.

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The legislature is trying to work out a balance between protecting citizens' right to privacy and keeping law enforcement officers safe.

A bill allowing people to resist unlawful police entry into their homes garnered more support from law enforcement after the House amended it Tuesday.

Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) says he worked with law enforcement to craft the amendment passed Tuesday. Among other minor changes, the new language limits the times when people can use deadly force against police officers.

McMillin says the bill now has the support of the State Police and the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. But Representative Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) says he cannot support any language that explicitly says people can use violence against police officers in any situation.

“They face enough risks without this kind of language being out there,” he says. “There are people who will misunderstand this.”

But South Bend Democrat Ryan Dvorak says there is nothing the legislature can do about people who will misunderstand the bill. He says the House amendment vastly improves the legislation.

“It provides protections and defenses to people that are acting in good faith when otherwise they could be prosecuted, I think, wrongfully,” Dvorak says.

McMillin says, despite the changes, the Fraternal Order of Police still does not support the legislation.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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