Third lawsuit filed against Guthrie Police Department
GUTHRIE, Okla. — The Guthrie Police Department recently came under fire for allegedly harassing a business owner.
Not long after, an officer was accused of pulling a gun on two-mixed raced teen boys while they played with a water gun.
Now, there is another lawsuit, this time with a man who said he was wrongfully arrested.
This makes the third lawsuit filed against the department in a matter of weeks.
While the charges against the man involved have been dropped, he hopes this lawsuit will stop what he said are rouge police officers misusing their power.
“Nine hours in isolation feels like a week when you’re in a 6-by-9 cell,” Robyn Wiesner said.
An altercation at a local bar involving his ex-wife is what lead to the arrest.
Police booked him for public intoxication.
“I asked them for a breathalyzer or to go to the hospital and have a blood test and they said they don’t have to do any of that,” Wiesner said.
By law, the officers are not required to administer those tests.
Now, he’s suing the department.
“This isn’t about money. Unfortunately, this is the only way in our civil system that you can right a wrong. The purpose of this is to help clean up the department and make Guthrie a better place to live and work,” Wiesner’s attorney Eric Cotten said. ”The volume of complaints is certainly high especially for a city the size of Guthrie. To have three federal civil lawsuits filed in such a short amount of time is indicative of some sort of problem.”
Guthrie city attorney Randel Shadid said he believes people are jumping on the band wagon and are just looking for monetary compensation.
“I’m pretty satisfied with the way our police department functions,” Shadid said.
He also said, “We wouldn’t tolerate the type of behavior the officers are accused of. I wouldn’t stand for it, neither would the chief or city manager.”
Shadid said officials take complaints against the police department very seriously and they investigate every single case.
Wiesner said he’s still traumatized.
“These officers have to be trained right, do a thorough investigation on whatever matter they are dealing with. I think that’s important and I thought that’s how the system is supposed to work,” he said.