Charge dismissed, trial delayed in case of Superior woman alleging police brutality

By KBJR News 1

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- A charge against a Superior woman, alleging police brutality, was dismissed Tuesday, just one week before the case was set to go trial.

Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank dismissed the "resisting arrest" charge against 29-year-old Natasha Lancour.

Lancour was initially charged with felony battery to an officer and disorderly conduct following an altercation with Superior Police Officer George Gothner in the Keyport Lounge Parking lot on January 5h.

The violent arrest was caught on dashcam video

District Attorney Blank reduced the felony charge to misdemeanor resisting arrest in January, but now, after reviewing a Department of Justice Investigation into the arrest, he has dropped the resisting arrest charge as well.

In court Tuesday, Blank offered an amended criminal complaint with more probable cause against Lancour on the disorderly conduct charge.

Lancour's attorney Richard Gondik, opposed the amended criminal complaint, saying the state is now broadening the disorderly conduct charge to include all of Lancour's behavior that night leading up to the arrest.

In light of the new details, Gondik asked the judge to push the trial date back.

Blank told the judge, in drawing up the complaint against Lancour, he had to separate her arrest from what happened before police arrived.

Another prosecutor will be looking at the police officer's behavior.

"The courts expanded the behavior that's in question to pretty much a three and half hour period of time when before we were looking at a minute period of time so we'll have to contact some additional witnesses and basically complete an investigation that involves a lot more people and a lot more behavior than I thought we'd have to deal with"

"The theory is if not for some of her behavior, this is our allegation, that we might not have gotten to any of this other stuff, which is horribly unfortunate and difficult on both sides. I'm not happy with what Ms. Lancour went through and I'm not happy with what maybe the officers went through but certainly the physical outcome is wildly different.'

A motion hearing is scheduled for June fourth.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice investigated how the arrest was handled and whether there was excessive force on the part of the arresting officer.

Earlier the judge ruled that the report wouldn't be released until Bayfield Special Prosecutor Fred Bourg, completes his investigation into the arrest.

On Tuesday the judge said that injunction still stands.

Gondik disagrees with that ruling saying the public has a right to know what the Justice Department determined

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

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