Federal judge dismisses ASU police employees' suit vs school

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 20:48:35-04

A lawsuit filed by eight current or former Arizona State University police employees against the school has been dismissed by a federal judge.

The employees alleged they were retaliated and discriminated against after they spoke out about problems within the ASU police department.

The suit alleged employees were directed to change crime statistics "to make ASU appear safer."

It also alleged that university employees violated the police employees' freedom of speech, forced some of them into retirement and created false internal investigations to punish people.

The civil suit was filed earlier this year in Maricopa County Superior Court and later transferred to federal court.

It sought punitive damages and attorney fees.

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver ruled that the plaintiffs' claims are vague and overly broad.