A state bill aiming to give residents limited rights to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally was passed by the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday with several amendments.
The bill is a direct response to the Indiana Supreme Court decision in Barnes v. State of Indiana.
The state’s highest court ruled that a citizen never has the right to resist an officer in pursuit of an investigation. But state lawmakers disagree.
With the state’s self-defense statute for unlawful entry already in place, McMillin said S.B. 1 would further clarify that citizens have the right to resist an officer who enters their home illegally.