Trial date set for Superior woman involved in alleged police brutality case

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2014 Updated Jun 5, 2014 at 6:54 AM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- A trial date has been set for a Superior woman who is alleging police brutality following an altercation with a Superior Police Officer during an arrest at the Keyport Lounge in January.

Natasha Lancour alleges excessive force was used on her by Officer George Gothner.

The 28 year old will go to trial on July 22 for one count of disorderly conduct.

In court Wednesday, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Blank filed two motions.

The first, was to admit Lancour's statements she made to other police officers on the scene at the Keyport Lounge before Officer Gothner arrived and arrested her.

Blank says it will show that was being disorderly before the arrest.

The second, was to allow only part of the dash-cam video from the incident to be shown to the jury. If that request is granted, the jury will see only the portion of the video BEFORE the physical altercation between her and Officer Gothner on the hood of the squad car.

Blank said in court he believes the video is prejudicial to the state's case and irrelevant to the disorderly conduct charges.

Lancour's attorney Rick Gondik says he will fight Blank's motion in hopes of the full video being played for the jury.

"Obviously he doesn't want to show a video of a cop beating on my client. He wants to keep that out as it's terribly bad for his case but you know our argument is look, you can't have a little bit, if you want it all, you're gonna get it all, if you want a little you shouldn't get any," said Lancour's defense Attorney Rick Gondik.

"It's not so much about hurting the state's case, it's about the focus of this case is on Miss Lancour's conduct- the focus on the other investigation and the potential for other charges is on Officer Gothner- we shouldn't intermingle the two. I believe they need to be separated," said Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank.

Judge Kelly Thimm requested the video and a transcript to review before making a decision on the motion.

Bayfield District Attorney Fred Bourg is still reviewing Officer Gothner's use of force and will decide whether to file charges.

In the meantime, Gothner remains on paid administrative leave.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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