Guthrie police lieutenant accused of making false arrest of wife's ex-husband

A Guthrie police lieutenant accused of arresting his wife's ex-husband for no good reason at the Mumford and Sons concert last month has faced similar allegations in the recent past.
by Andrew Knittle Published: October 19, 2013
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In the suit, Khan claimed the officers made “false arrests” during the time frame in question, although specific incidents are not documented in court records.

Court records show the lawsuit filed by Khan was dismissed in July 2012 but that it can be refiled in the future.

“Plaintiffs have had to shut down the bar and grill due to continued harassment by police and loss of income, and have chosen not to litigate at this time due to limited funds,” an attorney for Khan wrote in a court filing.

Ticket thrown out

Following his run-in with Bruning after the concert, White said he was taken to the Logan County jail and booked into the facility for the night. He said several police officers at the jail apologized to him for Bruning's behavior.

“It was that obvious that I wasn't supposed to be there,” White said.

Shortly after his release from jail, the ticket written to White for being drunk in public was thrown out.

A letter from the Guthrie city attorney did not give a reason for the dismissal, said Eric Cotton, White's attorney.

“It just basically said they would not be prosecuting the case,” Cotton said.

Since his arrest and the start of his public feud with his ex-wife's new husband, White said, “it's been unbelievable how many people have messaged me about this.”

“Everybody in town hates him ... he's a bully and he's been doing this to other people for years,” White said. “So, now he's freaking out because nobody has stood up to him before.”

Future in question

According to local media reports, Bruning is claiming he has been fired from the Guthrie Police Department, but City Manager Sereniah Breland said that is not the case.

“He is still employed by the Guthrie Police Department,” Breland said. “If he was fired, I would know it.”

Requests for information made by The Oklahoman to determine whether Bruning has been disciplined during his employment with the Guthrie Police Department were not fulfilled Friday.

Breland would not say whether Bruning has been disciplined before.

In recent years, Bruning has served as the Guthrie Police Department's public information officer. He also held a high-profile position as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is administered by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

During an interview with a local TV reporter that aired in February, Bruning talked about his dedication to tracking down sexual predators who use the Internet to victimize children.

“I feel strongly about what we're doing, so as many as I can get, I'm going to do,” Bruning said. “The people that we go after are the people that will come after our kids, so that's why it's important to me to go get these people.”

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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