After much protesting by citizens and around 70 members of our state’s General Assembly, the Indiana Supreme Court revisited it’s decision from earlier this year regarding a citizen’s rights to prevent police from illegally entering his or her home. Much to my dismay, they upheld their May decision which says that we citizens can’t so much as stand in our doorway or lock our door to prevent a police officer from entering illegally.
Now, I want to make it clear. I respect the job that our state’s law enforcement officers do every day. They’re often over-worked, under-appreciated, and under-paid. This doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t a few bad eggs out there that spoil the whole bunch, and frankly, the idea that I can be arrested for simply saying, “No, Officer, I’m sorry, but you cannot enter my home,”, is terrifying.
In my view, it’s a 4th Amendment rights issue, but according to our Supreme Court, it’s an issue that our General Assembly will have to address. I’m assuming they will, but in the meantime, I’m worried.