Indiana

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Last updated Jan. 20, 2020

Summary

Key:

Legislation Achieved

Some Progress

No Progress

  • Demilitarization

    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    No knock warrants
    1033 program
    Military-style training
    SWAT data

    Indiana a

  • For Profit Policing

    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    Civil asset forfeiture
    Quotas
    Cost of misconduct

    Indiana b

  • Broken Windows Policing

    Minor offenses
    Objective justification for stops
    Reporting stop details

    Indiana c

  • Accountability

    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    Reckless civil rights violation
    Independent investigation
    Qualified immunity

    Indiana d

  • Reinvesting in Communities

    Mental health response

    Education, housing, and community health resources

    Indiana e

Demilitarization

Learn about demilitarization and the specific issues below on the Demilitarization page (opens in a new window).

 

No knock warrants

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law eliminating the use of no-knock warrants. At the local level, Indianapolis police announced in July 2020 that no-knock warrants would no longer be authorized for Indianapolis police officers.

Pending Legislation: SB 269, introduced in January 2021, bans no-knock warrants.

1033 purchases

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law ending its participation in programs that facilitate the transfer of military weapons from the federal government to police departments.

Military style training

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law refocusing training away from self-defense responses and towards community centered training like that offered by Blue Courage.

SWAT data

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law requiring the recording and cataloging of SWAT team use.

For Profit Policing

Learn about for profit policing and the specific issues below on the For Profit Policing page (opens in a new window).

 

Civil asset forfeiture

Some Progress:

The Indiana State Legislature passed SB 99 in 2018, which expedited court rulings and the eventual return of property.
However, Indiana Code Title 34 still permits the practice of civil asset forfeiture for law enforcement offices. Additionally, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld civil asset forfeiture in 2019 in response to the SCOTUS case "Timbs vs. Indiana" regarding forfeiture by police departments. This court's ruling conflicted with the Indiana Constitution, as the court indicated that police departments could profit off of forfeiture.

Pending Legislation: SB 24, introduced in January 2021, requires a criminal conviction for asset seizure. Another related bill, SB 341, bans the practice of 'equitable sharing' of asset forfeiture investigations and profits with the federal government. SB 341 also directs certain civil forfeitures to the United Way of the county where the seizure occurred.

Quotas

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law ending quotas for low-level arrests.

Cost of misconduct

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law requiring police departments (not state general funds) to cover the cost of misconduct. In Indianapolis, the city has paid out $6.1 million in misconduct settlements since January 2018.

Pending Legislation: In August 2020, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus unveiled comprehensive reform goals for the upcoming legislative session, including requiring the Attorney general to collect data on misconduct offenses and funds spent to settle misconduct cases.

Broken Windows Policing

Learn about broken windows policing and the specific issues below on the Broken Windows Policing page (opens in a new window).

 

Minor offenses

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law decriminalizing minor offenses that do not threaten public safety such as spitting and loitering.

Pending Legislation: Four bills introduced in January 2021 would affect the criminal status of marijuana; HB 1028, HB 1117, HB 1154, and SB 223. The most comprehensive, HB 1154, legalizes marijuana and establishes a regulatory agency to ensure "a sufficient number of dispensary permits are awarded to minority business enterprises and women's business enterprises."

Objective justification for stops

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law requiring officers to establish objective justification for making a stop (i.e. not simply for furtive movement, suspicious activity, or matching a generalized description).

Reporting stop details

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law requiring comprehensive reporting of police stops (noting location, race, gender, whether force was used and whether a firearm was found).

Accountability

Learn about accountability and the specific issues below on the Accountability page (opens in a new window).

 

Reckless civil rights violation

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law lowering the prosecution requirement from ‘willful’ to ‘reckless’ deprivation of another’s rights.

Independent investigation

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law institutionalizing an independent prosecutor within the state’s Department of Justice for instances of police misconduct.

Pending Legislation: In August 2020, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus unveiled comprehensive reform goals for the upcoming legislative session, including requiring an automatic external investigation when unarmed/retreating civilians are shot.

Qualified immunity

No Progress:

Indiana has not yet enacted a law ending qualified immunity.

Reinvesting in Communities

Learn about reinvesting in communities and the specific issues below on the Reinvesting in Communities page (opens in a new window).

 

Mental health response

Some Progress:

The Be Well Crisis Helpline, which was established in July 2020 by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, connects individuals with accredited counselors in situations pertaining to mental health. Although the installment of this resource mainly appears to correlate with the increasing mental health conflicts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides individuals with an alternative to calling 911 amid a mental health crisis. Indiana residents can utilize this helpline without charge by calling 2-1-1.

Education, Housing, Community Health Resources

No Progress:

It is important to note that policing does not address the roots of social disadvantage and barriers to (economic) opportunity that often lead to crime. Nor should police be burdened with that responsibility.
Without access to quality resources in healthcare, education, and housing, our cities, neighborhoods, and families will continue to suffer. We should instead reassess the budgets of the state government and reinvest in the services that matter most.
Notably, in August 2020, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus unveiled comprehensive reform goals for the upcoming legislative session, including studying racism as a health crisis

Next Steps

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