Daniels Signs Police Entry Bill, Officers Fear Consequences

Governor Mitch Daniels has signed a bill that allows Indiana residents to resist unlawful police entry.

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Some Indiana law enforcement officials are worried police will be put in dangerous situations because of the new law.

Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill Wednesday that allows people to resist illegal police entry into their homes. With his signature, the governor emphasized the legislation is not an invitation to use violence against law enforcement.

Last year, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a ruling interpreted by many to bar people from resisting police entry into their homes, even if that entry were illegal. The General Assembly passed a bill in response, emphasizing that people could resist illegal police entry. But in an effort to mollify law enforcement, lawmakers made it tougher to justify using deadly force.

In a statement, Daniels says the bill creates very narrow situations in which force can be used, and that, in the real world, those conditions will rarely be met. He says his only concern is people misinterpreting the law.

Indiana Fraternal Order of Police President Tim Downs shares that concern. He says he is opposed the bill all along because he is worried about the element of society that does not like law enforcement of any kind.

“They’re going to view this as an opportunity to hunt us down and then there’s going to be a problem.” he says. “Unfortunately it’s going to be a police officer or a citizen seriously hurt or killed.”

“Don’t try anything,” Daniels advises Hoosiers. He says people who do will likely get in more trouble.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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  • LAW ABIDING CITIZEN

    This is a good law. When
    Sh*t Hits the Fan, the first thing this Administration is going to do is
    try to disarm people in the name of public safety. This law will make
    all Police and National Guard think twice about going against the 2nd
    Amendment. IF YOU COME FOR MY GUNS, YOU ARE ONLY GOING TO GET THE
    BULLETS!!!!!!!!

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