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GUTHRIE, Okla. - There’s a push to put a high profile police lieutenant back on the police force.

Mark Bruning was accused of abusing his power when he had his wife’s ex-husband arrested.

Now an arbitrator says he should have his job back.

He says Lt. Bruning should have been suspended for 6 months, but not fired.

Now Bruning’s attorney says the City of Guthrie owes Bruning 7 months of pay and his position back at Guthrie PD.

Bruning has been off the Guthrie police force for more than a year.

It all goes back to that big Mumford and Sons concert last September.

Lt. Bruning was supervising one of the gates where there appeared to be confusion over whether people could exit there.

A man got into an argument with Lt. Bruning, and he was arrested for public intoxication.

That man, Kyle White, is the ex-husband of Lt. Bruning’s wife.

White told NewChannel 4 he was the victim of a bogus arrest.

“I’ve had officers reach out to me like two days after the incident , that they are really upset, and that they would have never done this,” White said.

White was held in jail overnight.

The city eventually dropped the citation against him and fired Lt. Bruning several weeks later, after city leaders said they investigated the matter.

“They were making allegations in the arbitration that Mark was violent, but there's absolutely no evidence of that, it's just a statement they thought they could make, and it would stick, and it never did,” Scott Adams, Lt. Bruning’s attorney, said.

The City of Guthrie told NewsChannel 4 the city manager is out all week, and the mayor can’t comment on personnel issues.

The arbitrator found Lt. Bruning should not have been terminated, but suspended without pay for 6 months.

It’s been nearly 14 months and Adams says the city now owes his client money.

“They're obligated to write him a check. How they come up with the money is up to them, I don't care. We just want the money,” Adams says. “He's an excellent police officer, and he's looking forward to getting back to what he does.”

Adams says he’s sending a letter to city leaders asking when they want Lt. Bruning to report back to duty and to get his backpay.

Lt. Bruning started working for the Guthrie Police Department in 1997.

MORE: Read more on Mark Bruning here