Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a measure on March 20, 2012 that allows the use of force to resist law enforcement entry into one’s home or car if a person reasonably believes entry would be unlawful. The new law even allows deadly force against law enforcement in some situations. The bill is a response to a ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court which held that force may not be used to resist police entry into one’s home. Law enforcement in Indiana voiced strong opposition to the bill. Domestic violence advocates are especially concerned about the new law since police often need to enter homes where domestic violence has occurred to check on the safety of the victim.
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