Justified Force Against Police Officers Passes House

By Maureen Mespell

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- In the House, lawmakers passed a bill that outlines when people are justified in using force against police officers.

The bill is in response to a State Supreme Court ruling that residents could not resist officers even during an illegal entry.

The measure specifies residents are protected by the state's self-defense law if they reasonably believe force is necessary to protect themselves from unlawful actions by an officer.

The House and Senate must now agree on a final version of the bill before it goes to the Governor.

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