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Trial Date Set for Superior Woman Involved in Controversial Arrest

Updated: 06/04/2014 10:53 PM
Created: 06/04/2014 5:47 PM WDIO.com

The Douglas County district attorney filed two motions on Wednesday in the case against a Superior woman involved in a controversial arrest who is now facing a charge of disorderly conduct.

The first motion regards the "dashcam" video from an altercation between Natasha Lancour and Officer George Gothner outside of the Keyport Lounge in Superior the night of Jan. 5.

Douglas County DA Daniel Blank made a motion to stop the video before the physical incident on the hood of the cop car. He said the focus should remain on Lancour's actions and the beginning of the video is what's relevant to that charge.

"The charge about Ms. Lancour is disorderly conduct for what she did before and when the police arrive, not what she did in the hands of the officer," said Blank. "Let's focus the evidence on Ms. Lancour's conduct that got the attention of the officers that got her grabbed."

The second motion is the admission of her statement in the presence of the police officers prior to Gothner's arrival on the scene.

"My allegation is she was disorderly," said Blank. "How she was acting, what she was saying, who she was saying it to should be admissible evidence and then we draw the line of when the focus turns on Officer Gothner."

"Well obviously he doesn't want to show a video of a cop beating on my client," said Rick Gondik, defense attorney for Lancour. "Our argument is, look, you can't have a little bit. If you want it all, your going to get it all. It you want a little, you shouldn't get any. It's pretty clear why he's trying to keep that video out."

Meanwhile, Gondik has indicated he may file a civil suit against Gothner on Lancour's behalf, but he hasn't yet.

The trial is set to start July 22.

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