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Indiana Supreme Court & Cops Get Death Threats, After Unlawful Entry Opinion

Posted May 19, 2011 12:09 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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A recent Indiana Supreme Court finding that individuals have no right to resist police officers illegally entering their homes has instigated court death threats, the Indianapolis Star reports.

The opinion (PDF), published May 12, involves a man who yelled at police and blocked them from entering his apartment to investigate a domestic disturbance. The man shoved an officer who went past him, was shocked with a stun gun and arrested.

The Indiana State Police have also received death threats about the opinion, according to the Indianapolis Star. The paper reports that the threats were made by email and phone, and Kathryn Dolan, the court’s spokeswoman, said that she couldn’t remember another ruling that received such a response.

"I would say this is uncommon," she told the Indianapolis Star. "This opinion has sparked more discussion than other opinions that have been handed down."

The State Police don't anticipate any arrests, but are monitoring the messages for specific threats, they said in a statement.

Related article:

ABAJournal.com: "In Indiana, No Right to Resist Unlawful Police Entry at Home, Court Says"

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