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Daniels Signs Police Entry Bill, Officers Fear Consequences

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.

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