- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors have reduced the charge against a Superior woman who alleges a police officer used excessive force in arresting her.

The charge against 28-year-old Natasha Lancour was reduced from a felony for assaulting an officer to a misdemeanor for resisting arrest.

WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1koDcmX) reports after Friday’s hearing, Lancour said she plans to “just get back to reality.” She pleaded not guilty to the reduced charge.

Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank says the initial felony charge was based only upon paper reports from police. He says seeing police dashcam video of the arrest changed his view.

Officer George Gothner has been on paid administrative leave since he was seen on the video punching Lancour in the face during the arrest. Gother says Lancour was scratching him in the face.

Officer George Gothner has been on paid administrative leave since he was seen on the video punching Lancour in the face during the arrest. Gother says Lancour was scratching him in the face.


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