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The ‘Right to Resist’ Unlawful Police Entry

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

In 2011, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a controversial ruling that said a homeowner acted illegally in resisting a police officer who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute occurring in the home. Legislators are now responding to that ruling with Senate Bill 1 which would allow homeowners to prevent a police officer from entering their home if the officer was acting unlawfully. The Indiana House of Representatives has approved the bill, and Senate will now decide whether to accept changes made to the bill in the House.

Proponents of the bill say it clarifies when a person can use reasonable force to prevent another person from entering his or her residence. Police and anti-domestic violence groups worry the law would prevent law enforcement from acting effectively in life or death situations.

Join us Friday at 12 p.m. with your comments and questions on the issue. You can visit this site to be part of our live chat, follow us on Twitter @NoonEdition, or join us on the air by calling in at 812-855-0811 or 1-877-285-WFIU.


Toby Strout– Executive Director of Middle Way House

Representative Jud McMillin– Sponsor of Indiana House “Self Defense and Defense Against Unlawful Entry” bill.

Lieutenant Detective Brent Worth– Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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