British Columbia

Man kicked in face gets RCMP apology

A senior B.C. RCMP officer has apologized to a 51-year-old Kelowna man who was kicked in the face by a Mountie during an arrest in January, a report says.
Buddy Tavares, on his knees in a Kelowna street, is kicked in the face by an RCMP officer. ((Kelly Hayes))

A senior B.C. RCMP officer has apologized to a 51-year-old Kelowna man who was kicked in the face by a Mountie during an arrest in January, a report says.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Peter Hourihan visited Buddy Tavares at his home Monday, saying afterwards it was the first time he was able to tell Tavares how sorry the RCMP are, according to a report from CHBC television.

Hourihan said the 45-minute meeting was positive and went as well as could be expected.

Tavares later said Hourihan didn't offer any compensation for the assault, which was caught on video and shows Tavares being kicked in the face while on his hands and knees.

Police had stopped him after shots were fired on the grounds of a golf course.

Const. Geoff Mantler has been suspended with pay and could face a charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Tavares faced charges of careless use of a firearm, which were stayed Monday due to a lack of evidence, according to the Crown prosecutor.