Inhibiting the exercise of that entitlement, the officers claim in a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Justice Department and the City of Seattle, would be a "violation of the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution."
In 2012, after a Justice Department investigation concluded that Seattle police officers routinely use unnecessary force, the City of Seattle implemented a new use-of-force policy and agreed to the creation of an independent police monitor. The current lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of more than 100 Seattle cops, complains that those trivial and inadequate restrictions created "vaguely defined, newly protected classes of suspects" and violate the officers' supposed "right any time a police officer is required to use "significantly less force than is being threatened against them by suspects … [who] appear to be or are engaged in threatening and dangerous conduct." (Emphasis added.) Police are trained to believe that they put their lives at risk in every encounter with a citizen, and to regard any gesture of non-compliance as an immediate and impermissible risk to that most sacred of all considerations, "officer safety."