SEATTLE (AP) _ A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by Seattle police officers who said new guidelines on using force jeopardized their safety.

SEATTLE (AP) _ A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by Seattle police officers who said new guidelines on using force jeopardized their safety.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said in an opinion Monday that the officers’ arguments were unsupported by the Constitution or case law.

The Seattle Police Department adopted new policies concerning the use of force following a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department, which found that Seattle police routinely used excessive force, especially in low-level situations that might otherwise have been defused.

The department agreed to a new use-of-force policy that lists guidelines for every weapon used and requires the most serious uses of force to be investigated by a special team. It spells out when force is appropriate and when it’s prohibited.

The 100-plus officers who signed on to the lawsuit objected, saying it elevates the rights of criminal suspects over those of police.

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