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Investigation Report To Be Revealed After Allegations Against Superior Officer

Updated: 03/05/2014 9:50 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 9:30 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

In just a couple days, more light will be shed on a Superior arrest that was caught on dash-cam video in January.

Natasha Lancour alleges Superior Police Officer George Gothner used excessive force during the arrest. The state's investigation will be turned over to Lancour's attorney this week. In court Wednesday, the judge ordered Defense Attorney Rick Gondik get it by Friday.

"I'm not nervous at all," Lancour said. "I'm just happy it can finally be turned into Gondik so we can actually go over it and see the truth."

Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank has had the state report and he's giving it to the Bayfield County District Attorney who will decide if there will be charges against Gothner. Blank said there was a conflict of interest for him.

"I issue charges, it's very difficult to work in the local community," Blank said. "I don't issue charges, I get accused of protecting someone I work with very carefully in the local community."

Blank wanted more time before Defense Attorney Rick Gondik got the report. The judge disagreed.

"This is Ms. Lancour's rights," Judge Kelly Thimm said. "I can't weigh special prosecutor concerns."

The judge said the report must be given to Gondik by 4 p.m. Friday.

Also in court Wednesday, a trial date was set for Lancour's case. Gondik said they wanted it to happen fast.

"Justice delayed is justice denied," Gondik said. "This case has been pending long enough. It's so obvious that is should be dismissed."

The judge granted the request with a trial date set for March 25th.

"It's unheard of to get a trial scheduled in two weeks basically," Blank said. "It's highly unusual, but isn't everything about this case?"

Lancour's pretrial conference is set for March 18.

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