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Woman charges racially motivated brutality of Superior Police
Superior Police have released video of an arrest showing a police officer punching a woman being taken into custody. The woman is charging police brutality. Mike Simonson reports.
Police responded to a report of a fight at a Superior lounge January 5 and arrested two men.
At that point, Officer George Gothner forced Natasha Lancour onto the hood of his squad car. Police dash cam video shows only part of the incident of Lancour being hit with a closed fist by Gothner, which the officer says was prompted by Lancour scratching his face.
A few minutes later Lancour and Gothner has this exchange while they were riding in the squad car to the jail.
"You are so wrong. You didn't even warn me! You didn't give me a chance! You just walked up and hit me. You're wrong. I have never in my life been arrested! Ever! And you hit me?”
Lancour accused him of hitting her because she's African American.
Gothner defended himself.
"Can I tell you something? You see this here? Your whole actions were captured on camera." (Lancour: "Ignorant...Your actions? Your number one actions?") "Yeah, your number one action of hitting me first, okay? (Lancour: "I don't gie a (bleep), I'm right.") "You're not right so shut-up. (Lancour: "Until you do the right by me, everything you do will fail.) "There is no God so be quiet." (Lancour: "There's no God? There’s no God?”)
Lancour was arrested for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. She in turn is charging police brutality.
Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse says they've turned the case over to the state Department of Justice. LaGesse says a big reason for the new investigation is the police department has received a new video of the incident.
“It reveals a view from a different angle so when the officers moved passed the front of the squad to the side of the car the other video shows a view of that event.”
As for Officer Gothner, LaGesse says he’s off the streets until the investigation is complete.
“He is currently placed on administrative leave, he is not working, but he will remain in paid status as required by Wisconsin Statute.”
Lancour's attorney Rick Gondik applauds the decision to turn over the investigation over to the state.
"We both feel much better that it is going to an outside agency. I've never been a big fan of one agency policing their own. This is in our estimation a good thing."
Gondik says this incident has taken its toll on Lancour but she is staying busy chasing down her five kids.
Lancour's next court appearance is Friday.
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