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Forest Park, OK, police chief will not be charged with assault

The police chief of Forest Park will not be charged with assault. Her husband now denies she attacked him with a knife.
by Nolan Clay Modified: April 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013
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/articleid/3781552/1/pictures/2006958">Photo - Forest Park Police Chief Amanda Bittle-Eastridge and Phil Cotten of the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police at a ceremony Feb. 29 recognizing the police department's accreditation by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Forest Park is the smallest police force in the state to be accredited through the program. Photo provided
Forest Park Police Chief Amanda Bittle-Eastridge and Phil Cotten of the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police at a ceremony Feb. 29 recognizing the police department's accreditation by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Forest Park is the smallest police force in the state to be accredited through the program. Photo provided

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.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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