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Hundreds Gather For 4th Amendment Rally

Protesters organized using Facebook and Twitter updates.

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Photo: Courtesy: Irvin Goldblatt

Protesters gathered off of Washington St. at the statehouse.

More than two hundred people gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to rally against a recent state Supreme Court decision prohibiting a person from resisting a law enforcement officer’s unlawful entry into their home.

The protest grew out of a Facebook event created by two college students from Carmel. Stephen Skolnick is a student at Indiana University, while Emily Veno attends Loyola University in Chicago. Veno says after hearing about the Court’s decision, the two talked and felt compelled to act.

“Sometimes,” she said, “troubling rulings are handed down and no one really takes any notice of them because everyone thinks, ‘Oh, someone else will surely do something about this.’ And we just thought, you know what, no, even though we have no political involvement, we’re just going to start something.”

Veno says people from the Indiana Libertarian party helped organize the speakers and coordinate the rally. Skolnick says even though attendance was less than what they were hoping, he still considers the rally a victory.

“We’re just trying,” he said, “to draw attention to the issue and make everyone aware of what’s happened and in that regard, we’ve already been enormously successful.”

The Supreme Court may reconsider the case after a rehearing petition is filed. Both Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Governor Mitch Daniels support a rehearing.

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