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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

“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.”

Bruning was sued by bar owner Fazal Khan in May 2012, allegedly for similar behavior. Khan dropped the lawsuit due to a lack of funds, records show.

White and his attorney said they are seeking a $125,000 payment from the city of Guthrie. No lawsuit has been filed, but White did say he submitted a claim to the city.

In recent years, Bruning had 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.

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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