ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- The lawsuit against the university and its police department filed by three former University of New Mexico students accused of raping a female student is now in federal court.

Two years ago, Lobo Football players SaQwan Edwards and Crusoe Gongbay along with former CNM student Ryan Ruff were charged with rape.

Those charges were eventually dropped for a lack of evidence. The three claim UNM Police were intent on making a rape case stick because of public and federal criticism over how the school handles sex assault cases.

The lawsuit claims investigators kept pursuing the case even when they knew the evidence showed the players were innocent.