Judge upholds ruling that former Guthrie police officer should be reinstated

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - A Guthrie police officer, who was fired over two years ago, could soon get his job back.

Former Lt. Mark Bruning is accused of wrongfully arresting his wife’s ex-husband after the Mumford and Sons concert in September of 2013.

After an argument at the gate, Kyle White claims Bruning had officers arrest him.

He said he was arrested on public intoxication and spent the night in jail.

White later discovered the complaint had been dropped, and Bruning was let go from the department.

Last November, an arbitrator said Bruning should have been suspended for six months but not fired.

Bruning Court Documents

Wednesday afternoon, a district judge upheld that ruling.

Bruning’s attorney Scott Adams said the city owes Bruning not only his job but back pay, too.

“Lt. Bruning should be back on the streets, patrolling the streets, keep them safe for everyone here in Guthrie," Adams said. "But, for whatever reason, the little political people want to play games. We'll play the games, as long as they want to play it because, at the end of the day, they're just going to write a big check."

Adams estimates the city owes Bruning about half a million dollars in back pay and attorney’s fees.

Adams said until, the city writes the check, it is wasting taxpayer dollars on this case.

We asked the city’s attorney if he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.

He said he had no comment at this time.

NewsChannel 4 filed an open request record Wednesday asking to see how much the city has spent on the case.

We are waiting to hear back.

We spoke to White by phone about the judge's ruling.

He said hiring back an officer back who falsely arrests citizens would be baffling.

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