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RCMP assault on Buddy Tavares

Mantler charged updated

Mar 25, 2011 — Kelowna RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler is formally charged in connection with the Buddy Tavares 'face kicking' incident. And as Castanet's Kelly Hayes reports, Mantler's legal woes don't stop with Tavares.

Vancouver, B.C. (Canadian Press) – A British Columbia RCMP officer caught on video kicking a suspect in the face was charged Thursday with two counts of assault causing bodily harm in relation to two separate incidents.

Read more... Two assault charges laid against RCMP constable – RCMP Watch

R.C.M.P Charged With Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Jan 16, 2011 — Constable Geoff Mantler Of The Kelowna RCMP is seen assaulting Buddy Tavares. Buddy Tavares was kicked in the face by an RCMP officer while being arrested.

Buddy Tavares denies allegation

Jan 10, 2011 — Buddy Tavares, the man kicked in the face by a police officer while being arrested last week is charged in connection with a "domestic violence situation" but, as Castanet's Kelly Hayes reports, he and his family are refuting the allegation.

Jan 16, 2011 — Investigators recommend assault charge against Kelowna RCMP officer... In a video seen all over the TV News and the Internet, Buddy Tavares was kicked in the face by an RCMP officers while being arrested. Buddy appear to be following the instructions of the officer, he exits his vehicle, is not armed nor is he resisting in any way. Buddy gets on the ground on his hands and knees when the officer kicks him right in the face...

There seems to be a trend of COPS GONE WILD!!!

Kelowna cop pleads not guilty to assault charge Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News July 13, 2011

The Kelowna cop charged with assault after being caught on video kicking a suspect in the head was "thrown under the bus" by higher ranking police officials, says his defence lawyer.

Read more... Kelowna Capital News - Kelowna cop pleads not guilty to assault charge

Kelowna RCMP constable cleared of assault charges in third incident ADRIAN NIEOCZYM Globe and Mail Apr. 07, 2011

A suspended Kelowna RCMP officer already facing assault charges in two cases of alleged police brutality will not be charged in a third incident, British Columbia's Criminal Justice Branch announced Thursday.

Read more... Kelowna RCMP constable cleared of assault charges in third incident - The Globe and Mail

Third rally against police brutality Julia Wong, CHBC News: April 3, 2011

More than 70 people came out on Sunday to rally against excessive force used by the RCMP on civilians.

More than three months after a Kelowna man was kicked in the face by a RCMP officer, a third rally was held on Sunday to protest police brutality.

Read more... Third rally against police brutality

Third brutality rally organized by Daniel Hayduk Mar 31, 2011

A third rally against police brutality has been set for April 3.

"We got Geoff Mantler charged in record time. We got results and now we are marching for more," says event organizer Darin Howard.

Read more... Third brutality rally organized - Kelowna News - Castanet.net

Two assault charges laid against RCMP constable Vancouver — The Canadian Press Mar. 25, 2011

A British Columbia RCMP officer caught on video kicking a suspect in the face was charged Thursday with two counts of assault causing bodily harm in relation to two separate incidents.

Constable Geoff Mantler is accused of assaulting 51-year-old Buddy Tavares during an arrest on Jan. 7 as he responded to a call about shots fired at an area golf course.

Read more... Two assault charges laid against RCMP constable - The Globe and Mail

Leaked smears come back to haunt police
Aspersions work — until truth emerges The Province January 26, 2011

Police are under fire — again — for putting out damaging information about a victim of apparent police brutality.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has filed an official complaint against the Kelowna RCMP's media spokesman and his commanding officer, after the spokesman said the man kicked in the face by a Mountie on Jan. 7 was a subject in a domestic-violence investigation.

Read more...Leaked smears come back to haunt police

Nathan CullenKelowna arrest incident shows urgent need for RCMP Reform: Cullen Jan. 16, 2011

New Democrat Public Safety Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) and Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) say the violent arrest of Buddy Tavares by Kelowna RCMP highlights the urgent need for serious reform and stronger oversight of Canada’s national police force

Nathan Cullen - MP, Skeena-Bulkley Valley

RCMP tried to 'smear' kicked man: advocate CBC: Jan. 25, 2011

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association wants Kelowna RCMP to explain their actions in the wake of an excessive force scandal involving one of their officers.

CBC: RCMP tried to 'smear' kicked man: advocate

Day wants changes to RCMP Act By CanWest News Service October 7, 2006

The Conservative government may change the RCMP Act after a misconduct investigation was tossed out due to a technicality, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said Friday.

VANCOUVER -- The Conservative government may change the RCMP Act after a misconduct investigation was tossed out due to a technicality, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said Friday.

Read more... Day wants changes to RCMP Act

Second rally planned to support Kelowna man kicked by police officer By Cheryl Wierda - Kelowna Capital News February 07, 2011

The defense lawyer for the man who was infamously kicked by a Kelowna RCMP officer last month says the Crown is still determining if they will proceed with the charge against his client.

Read more... Kelowna Capital News - Second rally planned to support Kelowna man kicked by police officer

Kelowna RCMP lead the province in official complaints Jan. 25, 2011

Kelowna Mounties had the highest number of official complaints in 2010 about the improper use of force among all RCMP detachments in British Columbia.

Those statistics, provided by the police and the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, have been released in the wake of the January arrest of Buddy Tavares, who was kicked in the face while being arrested by the Mounties in an incident captured on cellphone video.

The video of Buddy Tavares being kicked in the head is almost as offensive as the footage of Robert Dziekanski dying in pain at Vancouver International Airport. Jan. 19, 2011

Read more: Opinion: Kelowna RCMP incident underscores need for civilian agency

Another victim of alleged Kelowna police brutality speaks out. Jan. 16, 2011

Read more: Another victim

New Democrat MPs call for RCMP reform. Jan. 16, 2011

The police department in Abbotsford, B.C., is recommending charges against a Kelowna Mountie who was caught on tape kicking a co-operative suspect in the face.

Read more: Charges recommended against Kelowna Mountie

A Kelowna RCMP officer has been placed on administrative duties and will be subject to criminal and internal investigations after an allegedly violent arrest Friday, police say. Jan. 7, 2011

Read more: Kelowna RCMP officer under investigation