COLUMBIA CITY – While state legislators are considering a bill that would give Indiana homeowners limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes, local citizens are trying to voice their opinion on the subject.
The Whitley County Patriots had planned to demonstrate near Parkview Whitley Hospital today in opposition of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steve David, who was scheduled to address the Columbia City Rotary Club.
The Patriots announced their plans over the weekend. The meeting was moved to an alternate location.
At press time, several members of the local Patriots said they weren’t sure if the organization planned to regroup and demonstrate at the new location, which one Patriot member said was going to be held at the Eagle’s Nest at Eagle Glen Golf Course.
Scott Gabriel, Parkview Whitley’s chief operating officer, and a member of the Rotary Club, said the decision to move the meeting was made on behalf of the hospital’s patrons.
“Our patients always come first at Parkview Whitley Hospital,” Gabriel said.
“Our concern was that a possible demonstration near the hospital campus would be disruptive to the care we need to provide everyone who visits us. It is for that reason and no other that I requested the Rotarians meet elsewhere this week.”
David was one of three Indiana Supreme Court justices who voted not to overturn the conviction of Richard Barnes. The panel ruled Barnes’s resistance of law enforcement officers who forced their way into his home was unlawful.