INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A bill originally allowing authorities to use “any means necessary” to keep
roadways clear during a protest but then reduced to a legislative study
committee issue has cleared the Indiana Senate.
The amended measure
now calls for a committee to examine how law enforcement should respond to
The committee would
research a “reasonable” response that provides protection to the public and
ensures unobstructed streets without interfering with the right to lawful
The measure cleared
the Senate 34-16. It now goes to the House for consideration.
what there is to study, given laws already in existence. They say ensuring
the public’s right to protest is essential.
Republican Sen. Jim
Tomes says the First Amendment does not protect destruction of property or