News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 21, 2012

Governor signs bill on residents resisting police

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill laying out when Indiana residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.  

The governor’s office says that Daniels signed the bill aimed at giving people the right to defend their homes against illegal entry by police Tuesday evening.

The bill that was a response to a public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling last year that residents couldn’t resist officers even during an illegal entry.

Supporters say the proposal strengthens the legal rights of people against government agents improperly entering their homes. But police groups worry about the measure giving people justification for attacking officers.  

Daniels says in a statement he concluded the bill narrowed the legal conditions under which anyone could use force against police.