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Superior Police Place Officer on Leave


Duluth, MN (KDAL) - The Superior police officer at the center of an investigation into an allegation of excessive force has been placed on administrative leave.  Superior police say the assignment shouldn’t be seen as a disciplinary action as no finding of a violation of policy or law has been determined.  Natasha Lancour is suing the department saying Officer George Gothner used excessive force in detaining her.  A video of the incident shows Officer Gothner slamming Lancour into the hood of a squad car and then punching her in the face.  Investigators have sent the video to an outside use of force instructor for an unbiased opinion.  They’ve done the same with a short segment of video taken with a cell phone.  The clip was sent in to Superior police via an email and in an anonymous fashion.  Anyone who witnessed the incident or may know of people who were there is asked to contact Superior Police.

From the Superior PD Facebook page:

The Superior Police Department is seeking to identify the persons in the pictures located in this album. The photos are from a squad car dash cam as well as from inside the Keyport Lounge between 6:30PM and 7:30PM on Sunday January 5th, 2014. The Department wishes to interview all persons who witnessed the disturbance in the parking lot and document their version of events. The persons depicted in these photos appear to have been relatively close to the incident and likely able to provide pertinent information. We appreciate any help in identifying them. Information can be provided to the Superior Police Department by any of the following ways: Department Website: http://www.ci.superior.wi.us/index.aspx?nid=174 Department Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/SuperiorPD Anonymous web tips: (select “SUBMIT A TIP”) http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/group.html?id=5500 Department Tipline: 715-395-7468 Anonymous Texting Tips: Text keyword "spdtip" and your tip to 847411