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Provo Police Chief John King speaks during a roundtable discussion about hate crimes at the Utah Law and Justice Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.

SALT LAKE CITY — A lawsuit five women filed against former Provo Police Chief John King will now be heard in federal court instead of state court.

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Attorneys for Provo filed a notice of removal Tuesday to take the case from 4th District Court to U.S. District Court. The plaintiffs have asserted various claims against the city and King, including claims of equal protection and due process and constitutional violations, according to the city's court filing.

The women seek an undefined amount in excess of $600,000 in damages as well as measures to prevent sexual misconduct from occurring in Provo government.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the plaintiffs suing former Provo Police Chief John King moved the case from state court to federal court. Provo City moved the case from state court to federal court.