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RCMP officer Geoff Mantler changes assault plea to guilty

An assault trial in Kelowna ended abruptly Wednesday afternoon when Cst.Geoff Mantler pleaded guilty just minutes before he was expected to take the stand.

The RCMP officer originally pleaded not guilty, but now admits he kicked Buddy Tavares in the face during an arrest in 2010.

The central issue of the trial was whether the kick was justified under the circumstances or constituted an assault.

Hundreds of thousands of people saw the kick after it was captured on video and posted online.

Daybreak's Brady Strachan has been covering the trial and told host Chris Walker about the public's, and Buddy Tavares', reaction to the guilty plea.

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