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NAACP Protests Controversial Superior Arrest

Created: 01/29/2014 11:18 PM WDIO.com

A controversial arrest in Superior that was captured on camera earlier this month is sparking more community outcry.

Dashboard camera footage video shows Superior Police Officer George Gothner arresting 28-year old Natasha Lancour on January 5th. Officer Gothner says Lancour scratched his face during the incident. But Lancour herself faces a felony for alleged battery of a peace officer.

Wednesday, members of the local NAACP chapter took to the Douglas County Courthouse with a clear message for District Attorney Dan Blank.

"We ask that the trumped up charges against Natasha Lancour be dropped," said Stephan Washington, co-chair of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee. "It is my hope that the Superior Police Department hold this officer accountable and have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior."

Gothner is on leave while the state of Wisconsin investigates the officer's use of force.

Organizers of Wednesday's protest say they are pleased the Wisconsin Department of Justice has taken over the investigation.

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