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Barnes study committee to vote on final report

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The interim subcommittee established as a result of the Indiana Supreme Court ruling in Barnes v. State will meet Thursday to vote on the adoption of a final report. At its third meeting in October, committee members discussed several proposals for legislation, including that individuals may use reasonable force if they believe it’s necessary to prevent entry into their home if they do not know whether the person is a police officer or if an officer isn’t performing an official duty.

The Supreme Court ruled residents don’t have a common law right to resist an officer entering their home and the state’s “castle doctrine” doesn’t allow reasonable resistance even if police are entering the home illegally. In a rehearing in September, the justices invited legislators to take up the matter.

The committee meets at 1 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Statehouse and will be webcast.

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  • rkba
    There was a recent story i nthe chicago sun times about four thugs or so performing home invasions in fake police uniforms. in this kind of crime environment people need to be confident that a lawful resistance to improper entry will not lead to persecution.

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