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Guthrie police lieutenant fired after alleged false arrest

A Guthrie police lieutenant accused of arresting his wife's ex-husband for no apparent reason after a concert has been fired, City Manager Sereniah Breland said.
by Andrew Knittle Published: October 22, 2013

A police lieutenant accused of arresting his wife's ex-husband for no apparent reason after the Mumford and Sons concert has been fired, City Manager Sereniah Breland said.

Breland said the city of Guthrie would have no further comment about the firing of Lt. Mark Bruning, who was accused by a local man of arresting him after the concert in early September.

In an email to The Oklahoman, Breland provided a copy of Bruning's final disciplinary action, which says nothing about the incident involving the former lieutenant and his wife's ex-husband, Kyle White.

“I have received a letter from Chief Devereaux stating his recommendation, in agreement with the Disciplinary Hearing Panel, that your employment with the City of Guthrie be terminated,” Breland wrote.

“I concur with the findings and recommendation of the Disciplinary Hearing Panel, and Chief Devereaux's recommendation.”

Multiple attempts to reach Bruning on Monday were unsuccessful.

White said he was leaving the Mumford and Sons concert when he ran into Bruning, who at that time was engaged to White's ex-wife.

“He was screaming at some other people when we walked up on him,” White said Friday. “When he saw me, he started hollering at me. We had turned to walk away when ... he just basically said, ‘You're drunk, you're going to jail.'”

White said Bruning had been harassing him for months. He said the former officer is known in Guthrie for harassing people.

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.

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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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(Bruning) is a bully and he's been doing this to other people for years.”

Kyle White,
ex-husband of Mark Bruning's wife


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