Court: Indianapolis officers used ruse to make arrest

INDIANAPOLIS - An appeals court has reversed the conviction of an Indianapolis woman who said police tricked their way into her house and forcibly tried to remove her wedding ring.

The decision issued Wednesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals stemmed from the December 2012 arrest of Robin Harper by Indianapolis police.

Harper denied police entry to her home, but the court said an officer then lied to Harper by telling her she had to sign a form. Once inside, the officers handcuffed her and forcibly removed her wedding ring, citing jail procedure.

A Marion County judge ruled the ruse was not key to Harper's arrest and convicted her of resisting law enforcement, but the state court strongly disagreed.

A state attorney general's office spokesman said the agency was reviewing Wednesday's ruling.

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