Wetcoaster Posted January 9, 2011 Share Posted January 9, 2011 Yet another embarrassing "fox pass" for the RCMP caught on video Friday. This one from Kelowna. Kelowna RCMP Const. Geoff Mantler has been pulled off the street after the video became public and he is being investigated both criminally and per code of conduct. This RCMP member should make sure he plays for the prison soccer team - he packs a real wallop with that kick. The officer must not have had his Taser with him. Video courtesy of a local reporter, Kelly Hayes who happened to be on the scene and captured the events on his I-Phone - the kick is at about the 20 second mark: The RCMP management press conference: TV report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbdareHU4Ik A Kelowna Mountie has been assigned desk duties after a disturbing video of a police officer kicking a suspect in the head during an arrest was made public. Kelowna RCMP Const. Geoff Mantler has been placed on administrative duties after the video was uploaded to the Internet Friday. At a hastily called press conference Friday afternoon, Supt. Bill McKinnon of the Kelowna RCMP detachment said the officer will be subject to criminal and internal investigations. Police received a call Friday morning reporting that a male employee of the Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna was on the property with a shotgun, said McKinnon. He said witnesses heard shots fired and said the man then left the scene in a pickup truck, and that officers soon tracked him down and arrested him. A 12-gauge shotgun was seized in the incident. Shortly after the incident, McKinnon was given a videographers' footage of the arrest. The video shows the suspect — identified by Global B.C. as Buddy Tavares — being ordered to his hands and knees by police and, after he assumes the position, an officer appears to step up and kick him in the face. The footage, which has since gone viral on media outlet www.castanet.net, was taken by Kelowna-based journalist Kelly Hayes, who heard a police emergency call Friday morning about the shots fired. "The chit-chat on the scanner was about a man with a gun at the golf course firing off shots," Hayes said. He said he arrived at the golf club by car just as the RCMP moved in, only to be confronted with an out-of-control pickup truck coming straight at him. "The guy was coming right at me in his vehicle," Hayes said. The RCMP officers on scene, with their guns drawn, managed to stop the silver pickup. Hayes said they ordered the driver to get out of the vehicle and he was slow to obey, but did eventually get out. From there, Hayes said it got ugly. "They pulled the vehicle over at gunpoint and a male in his 50s was taken to the ground," he said. "As he was going to the ground, the alleged suspect was kicked in the face," he said. The man who was kicked was bleeding profusely, said Hayes. He recalls how the suspect "was slow to react to everything and it wasn't happening as fast as [the officers] wanted." The Mounties, he notes, had plenty to be cautious about. "The officers were reacting on the information they had that there was a man with a gun who has a possible brain injury." McKinnon said the man who allegedly fired the shots, since identified as Tavares, is a golf club employee currently on disability leave, following a brain injury suffered in a motorcycle accident last summer. The man had a permit to fire the gun for the purpose of scaring geese off the golf course, but McKinnon would not clarify if that was what the man was doing Friday. "I have reviewed that video, and I have ordered a statutory investigation of excessive force as well as a code of conduct investigation in relation to the manner in which the officer executed his duties," McKinnon told the news conference. The officer joined the Kelowna RCMP immediately after graduation from the force's academy in July 2007, McKinnon said. He said it was up to RCMP provincial headquarters in Vancouver to decide if the officer would be suspended. Friends of Tavares on Saturday reportedly confirmed he had been in a motorcycle crash in the summer, and said he was an "easy-going, non-violent guy." Tavares is "mild-mannered, never bothered anybody," one of his friends told Global B.C. "It is just totally unnecessary for Buddy to get beat up and kicked in the face as he was trying to lie down," the friend added. "That was a really cheap shot from a cop to do something like that," another friend told Global B.C., which reported that Tavares remains in RCMP custody, possibly facing a charge of careless use of a firearm, according to his sister. B.C. Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby said the allegations are the latest in a long list of police misconduct and the use of excessive force. He said the association has been asking for an independent body to be set up to investigate allegations of police brutality. "It is a really disturbing piece of video," said Eby of Friday's footage. "It is clearly an incident that needs thorough investigation. "It was a dangerous situation, but police are trained to be calm and cool. It is no excuse for inappropriate use of force." Eby said he did not see the man resist the arrest in any way. "I have a hard time seeing where the threat was," he said. He thinks an investigation by the RCMP on its own will not help. "Part of the problem is the RCMP will investigate themselves," he said. http://www.theprovin...l#ixzz1AWEqZdwB Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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