Panel chair: Legislature must address police entry


INDIANAPOLIS - A key lawmaker says the General Assembly must pass legislation clarifying the right to protect one's home from illegal police entry after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled recently that no such right exists.

Republican state Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford said during a legislative study committee meeting Wednesday that the May ruling appears to affect both a common law right to protect one's home from illegal entry and Indiana state law.

The ruling has met with widespread disapproval across Indiana.

It came in a Vanderburgh County case in which a man questioned about a domestic violence call scuffled with an officer who tried to enter his house without a warrant and against his will. The man's attorney and other parties have asked the Indiana Supreme Court to rehear the case.

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