Kelowna, BC – August 19, 2011 – A Canadian Mountie has gained national attention for being caught on film kicking Repo Man, Buddy Tavares in the face and has been charged with two counts of assault causing bodily harm, while action on a third complaint of excessive force awaits.
Peter Hourihan, the RCMP’s deputy commissioner, made the announcement that Crown Counsel approved charges against Const. Geoff Mantler in Kelowna this afternoon, noting that he realized action on the matter was “extremely important to British Columbians” and, in particular, area residents.
Since the Jan. 7 incident, where Mantler was filmed kicking Tavares in the head while he was on all fours, there’s been a widespread call for charges to be levied, in the forms of public protest and commentary. But it appears as though the Mountie’s issues with excessive force actually pre-date that confrontation.
“There were two incidents that had occurred (with Mantler) when the Tavares incident occurred,” Hourihan said.
The first complaint of excessive force resulting in a charge was made Aug. 30, 2010 and Hourihan refused to offer any details. Court records indicate the alleged victim in that case is Manjeet Singh Bhatti.
Jeremy Packer’s recently publicized complaint for an alleged Aug. 10, 2010 incident wasn’t accepted for investigation until after the Tavares case became public. In that situation Packer was pulled over under suspicion of theft of a boat he had actually just repossessed, and he’s claimed Mantler punched him in the head during the arrest.
Overall, the alleged violence surrounding these arrests haven’t earned the Mounties much praise and Hourihan admits they have been a “black eye” on the police.