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.
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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