Updated: 01/31/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 01/31/2014 6:16 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
The Superior woman involved in a controversial arrest earlier this month got some relief on Friday when the charge against her was reduced from a felony for assaulting an officer to a misdemeanor for resisting arrest.
After the hearing, Natasha Lancour, 28, said she could finally get back to reality.
“I'm just going to focus on my kids, focus on my husband, take care of my home, and get back to being a mom. And not deal with the stress right now about all of this, just get back to reality,” Lancour said.
Lancour said a felony charge would have put her nursing education at risk. She was thankful the charge was reduced, but she pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest at the hearing.
The change came from Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank. He said the initial felony charge was based only upon paper reports from the Superior Police Department. He said seeing the police dash camera video of the arrest changed his view of the evidence.
“Well, that ICOP video says a lot, you know. There's reason to be concerned about what appears to be some wild behavior by Mrs. Lancour at the very beginning in the background, but clearly what comes front and center, which sends quite a message, is what we saw on the hood of the squad car,” Blank said.
Officer George Gothner's arrest of Lancour is presented in that video. Lancour and her attorney said he used excessive force when he punched Lancour.
Gothner has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Blank said everyone should keep that in mind.
“Nobody wants to see that. I feel for the citizen on the one side. I feel for the officers on the other side, and we all have to be careful that we take a deep breath and reserve judgment until the rest of the investigation is done,” Blank said.
Lancour's next court date was scheduled for April 25, something both sides agreed to during the hearing. The attorneys hope that will allow time for the state to complete the use-of-force investigation.
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