Right to Resist Bill Passes Out of Committee

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Another state Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning in support of a bill that would allow homeowners to use force to resist an illegal police entry.

The bill comes after a controversial Supreme Court decision in May that held that current Indiana law didn't allow homeowners to violently resist police officers under any circumstances.

State Senator Michael Young (R) of Indianapolis says, “Our history as a country, our laws, our constitution have all been designed to protect the individual from its government, not the government from its citizens. But in this ruling, we are now protecting the government from its citizens.”

The bill specifies under what circumstances police could enter a home: with a warrant, in pursuit of a fleeing criminal suspect, to prevent someone from being harmed or at the invitation of a resident.




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