INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate has approved a bill laying out when residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
The Senate voted 38-12 Friday night in favor of the bill that is in response to a public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling that residents couldn’t resist officers even during an illegal entry. The House later approved the bill 67-26, sending it to the governor.
Supporters said the proposal strengthens the legal rights of people against government agents improperly entering their homes. But police groups have said they worry about the bill giving people justification for attacking officers.
The measure specifies that people 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.