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Indiana House amends police entry bill

A bill allowing people to resist unlawful police entry into their homes garnered more support from law enforcement after the House amended it Tuesday. 

Brookville Republican Jud McMillin says he worked with law enforcement to craft the amendment passed Tuesday. 

Among other minor changes, the new language limits the times when people can use deadly force against police officers. 

McMillin says the bill now has the support of the State Police and the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.

But Indianapolis Democrat Ed DeLaney says he can’t support any language that explicitly says people can use violence against police officers in any situation.

South Bend Democrat Ryan Dvorak says there’s nothing the legislature can do about people who will misunderstand the bill. 

He says the House amendment vastly improves the legislation.

McMillin says, despite the changes, the Fraternal Order of Police still does not support the legislation.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.