British Columbia

B.C. RCMP officer charged with 2 assault counts

A B.C. RCMP officer has been charged with assault in connection with an incident in January in which a man was kicked in the head in Kelowna after he was apprehended.
Raw video shows a violent arrest by Kelowna RCMP officers 1:19

A Kelowna, B.C., RCMP officer has been charged with assault in connection with an incident in January  in which a man was kicked in the head after he was apprehended.

Const. Geoff Mantler also has been charged with assault in a separate incident in August 2010.

There's also a third incident allegedly involving Mantler that is under review in which a man claimed to have been punched by an officer, a spokesman for the B.C. Crown prosecutor said Thursday.

On Jan. 7, a man who'd been apprehended on a possible firearms offence was kicked in the head while on a street on all fours in Kelowna.

The arrested man, Buddy Tavares, suffered facial injuries and Mantler was immediately suspended from duty with pay after his supervisor saw the recording of the arrest.

Man said he was punched

Later in January, a man claimed to CBC News that he was also assaulted by Mantler during a traffic stop in Kelowna the previous summer.

Jeremy Packer, 30, said that on August 10, 2010, he was ordered at gunpoint to get out of his car after two officers pulled him over for suspicion of theft of a boat he was towing.

Packer claimed that his seatbelt became stuck and before he could free the belt, an officer punched him repeatedlty in the face.

Suspended Kelowna RCMP Const. Geoff Mantler appears in court April 26. ((CBC))
Packer was not charged with any offences because the suspected stolen boat was his own.

The Crown did not provide any details about the second charge against Mantler.

He is scheduled to appear in court to face the charges April 26.