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Police officer seen punching suspect on video returns to work

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A Superior police officer who was placed on leave after the video release of him punching a female suspect returned to work Tuesday.

Officer George Gothner was assigned to administrative duty, “working on response plans to critical incidents,” according to a news release said. He will not return to patrol at this time, as he faces a hearing Oct. 3 to determine whether he committed a crime in arresting Natasha Lancour.

“I’m stunned,” Lancour’s attorney, Rick Gondik, said in response. “There’s an ongoing criminal investigation into his conduct.”

Lancour, 29, was arrested in January outside Keyport Liquor & Lounge and charged with disorderly conduct. Her trial is on hold, pending the result of Gothner’s hearing.

Gothner had been on paid administrative leave since shortly after the incident.

Gondik believes a criminal charge against Gothner could spell the end of the case against Lancour, who had originally been charged with a felony.

“If he gets charged, I’ll have a better argument against the injustice of the whole thing,” Godnik said. “It will put the focus back on him and, hopefully, result in charges being completely dismissed.”

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