Forest Park Police Chief Amanda Eastridge will not be charged with assault because her husband now denies that she attacked him, The Oklahoman has learned.
“There is insufficient evidence to prove any charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Susan Caswell, a Cleveland County assistant district attorney. “We have an uncooperative alleged victim.”
The police chief came under investigation after her husband notified Oklahoma City police. Her husband, Bryan Eastridge, is an Oklahoma City police sergeant.
According to the initial police report, he claimed she “came at” him with a multi-tool with the knife blade extended at their Oklahoma City home Jan. 6. He claimed she was yelling, “I'm going to tear your stuff up.”
He claimed she then “began swinging the blade at him” as he held an amplifier with his right hand.
“There were what appeared to be knife cut marks on one end of the amplifier,” according to the police report.
The husband, though, told The Oklahoman in January, “I want you to know she didn't swing a knife at me. That statement got completely misconstrued ... I clarified that for the investigators, too, later on.”
Amanda Eastridge said in January that she and her husband only had a verbal argument. She said their marital problems were a result of his infidelity.
Both Amanda Eastridge and her husband said Tuesday they are still together.
“Like I said before, there was nothing, nothing there,” Amanda Eastridge said. “Because of who we were, it got blown out of proportion. If we were two normal people, this never would have happened. It was just normal, everyday marital issues.”
Amanda Eastridge, 35, has served about seven years as the police chief in Forest Park, a town covering 2.1 square miles in eastern Oklahoma County. She and Bryan Eastridge married in 2011.
Prosecutors in Cleveland County reviewed Oklahoma City police reports about the accusation after Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater disqualified his office from making the decision on a charge.
Prater disqualified his office because his chief investigator is Bryan Eastridge's father.
The incident did shed light on a police policy not to reveal a suspect's name on public police reports unless the suspect is arrested, charged or a risk to the public.
Oklahoma City police blacked out Amanda Eastridge's name as the suspect from the two-page crime report. Police also blacked out her address, phone numbers and occupation. The Oklahoman learned of the accusation from a tip.