Updated: 01/28/2014 6:09 PM
Created: 01/28/2014 1:25 PM WDIO.com
A controversial arrest in Superior will now be reviewed by the State of Wisconsin.
The State will review the allegations of excessive force by Superior Police Officer George Gothner.
Video from a police dashboard camera shows Officer Gothner's arrest of Natasha Lancour outside of Keyport Lounge on Jan. 5.
In his police report, Gothner wrote that Lancour struck and scratched him during the incident, and he responded with a closed fist punch to her face.
Lancour has been charged with a felony for battery of a peace officer. She said she was doing nothing wrong when Gothner went up to her and swore at her.
Police Chief Charles LaGesse turned the video and case over to an outside investigator, who is an experienced instructor in arrest tactics. Then, another piece of video came from a witness who recorded part of the arrest after Gothner and Lancour moved out of the view of the dash cam.
"Now, in light of the additional video and the obvious attention from media and the community, it's clear that we need the State of Wisconsin to be the investigation agency," said LaGesse.
The chief said his department has a good relationship with the community and that it would be in the best interests of everyone to have the Wisconsin Department of Justice oversee the investigation.
Gothner had been moved from patrol to office duty when the investigation began, but LaGesse said Tuesday that Gothner is now on leave in accordance with standard department procedures and state law.
"He is currently on administrative leave," he said. "He is not working but he will remain in paid status as required by Wisconsin statute."
Lancour's defense attorney, Rick Gondick, said he's happy the investigation will be overseen by the State, but said he is focused on getting his client's charges dismissed.
Lancour will appear in court Friday.
New York Officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in City
A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.
Minn. Officials Walk Through Mock Ebola Scenario
More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies are going through a mock exercise to review the state's preparedness in the event of a case of Ebola.
Woman Charged with Murder after Stabbing in Stoney Brook Township
There is new development in the murder case on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The husband of the victim has been released, and he is facing no charges. Instead, the woman who police had been searching for, Lydia Marie Barney, has been charged with second degree murder.
No Injuries in Early Morning Esko Structure Fire
Deputies say there were no injuries in an early morning structure fire in Esko Thursday. Crews responded to the 200 block of Nelson Road around 4:30 a.m. Deputies said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.
1 Dead, 1 Arrested in Cass County Crash
An Aitkin County man is in custody and another person is dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Cass County.