When we initially read the complaint posted online we felt it was somewhat vague, but we are not lawyers. We would very much like to see an amended lawsuit with publicly exposed details we are able to take action on!
If this lawsuit is dead, we implore the plaintiffs to release all of their evidence for public domain! If it is ongoing, then we understand any reluctance to do so.
Again, we would like to reiterate the importance of:
FULL DISCLOSURE AND TRANSPARENCY NECESSARY TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE TO THE INCOMPETENT AND CORRUPT MANAGEMENT OF THE ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC DEPEND ON ROOTING OUT THIS CORRUPTION AND MAKING AN EFFECTIVE POLICE DEPARTMENT OUT OF THE SINKING SHIP OF ASUPD.
“The only thing that can be derived from the present complaint is that Plaintiffs believe they were treated poorly during their time working for the police department,” wrote Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver in her ruling, which was issued July 21.
The various complaints alleged by the employees lack specific facts, she wrote, “and it is not possible to determine which Defendant allegedly harmed which Plaintiff and in what way. ”
The employees alleged they were retaliated and discriminated against after they spoke out about problems within the university’s police department.
The civil suit was filed earlier this year in Maricopa County Superior Court and later transferred to federal court. The suit claimed university employees violated the police employees’ freedom of speech, forced some of them into retirement and created false internal investigations to punish people.
The suit also alleges employees were directed to change crime statistics “to make ASU appear safer” and that supervisors directed employees to change crime classifications to avoid the community “seeing the crime that occurred on or around campus.”
The suit sought punitive damages and attorney fees.
Attorneys for ASU asked the judge to dismiss the suit.
William O’Hayer, one of the plaintiffs in the suit and a former ASU police officer, said the employees intend to file an amended complaint before Aug. 4.
Silver wrote in her ruling issued this week that if the defendants wish to amend and proceed with their claims “they must do substantially better than they have done so far.”
ASU declined comment on the judge’s ruling.