Superior Police Officer accused of using excessive force is back to work

By KBJR News 1

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- The Superior Police officer accused of using excessive force during an arrest in January at the Keyport Lounge has returned to work.

Officer George Gothner returned to work for the Superior Police Department on Wednesday, July 9

Officer Gothner is back on administrative duties for the department, and will not be put back on patrol until the investigation into his actions are complete.

Gothner is accused of using excessive force during an arrest in the Keyport Lounge parking lot on January 5th.

The arrest was caught on dash- cam video, and appears to show Officer Gothner dragging 28-year-old Natasha Lancour to the hood of his squad car, where he slams her down.

He then punches her in the face with a closed fist, a response he says in police reports that was prompted by her reaching up and scratching him on the face.

Gothner has been on paid administrative leave since a few weeks after the incident, up until last Wednesday.

The special prosecutor assigned to investigate Gothner's actions is not ecpected to render a decision on Gothner's use of force until October.

Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse says Gothner was at no point suspended and has been allowed to return while the investigation is pending.

"happy to have him- got a project for him to do, he's been being paid while this process goes on and he's willing to come back and we're willing to have come back and work for us," said Chief Lagesse.

Gothner will not be returning to patrol the streets until the investigation is complete.

Meanwhile, Natasha Lancour's case is not moving forward until after a charging decision against Gothner in October.

Charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest against Lancour were previously dismissed, she still faces a disorderly conduct charge relating to the altercation with Gothner in the Keyport Lounge parking lot.

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

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