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ACLU seeks information on possible abuse by Superior police officer

A police video shows Officer George Gothner punching Natasha Lancour two or three times in the face while arresting her last month.  She is charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, charges that were reduced from a felony two weeks ago.  The state Department of Justice is investigating claims of police brutality by Lancour. 

ACLU Director Chris Ahmuty says they’re asking the police department for all public records about this incident. 

“Recognize that this is another example of potential police misconduct, excessive use of force by a department in Wisconsin.  There have been many such incidents over the last several years.”

Ahumty says while they’re leaving the overall investigation to the state, he wants to know about Superior police use of force and training policies.

“What ACLU is most concerned about in Superior and other areas across the state where we’ve looked at these issues, is really prevention of excessive use of force, of remedying possible biased police.”

Ahmuty wants the Superior Police and Fire Commission, which meets tonight (Wed), to review police practices.  Commission President Charlie Glazman won’t talk about the case but may discuss it at the meeting.  It is on their agenda.

“If there was a further complaint by a complainant or any disciplinary action against any officer.  We hear charges filed against the department, and we can hear appeals of disciplinary actions by the chief of any of the staffs.”

Lancour and her attorney say they’ll be at the Police and Fire Commission meeting.