More allegations against Kelowna Mountie
Published Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:02PM PST
More allegations of unnecessary violence are being lobbied against a B.C. Mountie already being investigated by police after being videotaped kicking a seemingly co-operative suspect during an arrest.
Kelowna, B.C. repo man Jeremy Packer says RCMP Const. Geoff Mantler broke his tooth and left him with a black eye and multiple cuts during a mistaken arrest in August last year.
"The cop punched me in the head and told me not to run," he told CTV News.
Abbotsford police recommended criminal action against Mantler earlier this week after reviewing video of the officer kicking 51-year-old Buddy Tavares while taking him into custody outside a local golf course.
The video, which was viewed by thousands online, sparked a protest involving hundreds last weekend.
Packer, a Kelowna resident, says he was repossessing a boat when his truck was stopped by police. Packer says the owner of the boat told police it was stolen.
He told CTV News that police pulled him out of the car while it was still in gear, which caused it to subsequently roll ahead and hit another vehicle.
"They got me out of the seatbelt, threw me to the ground, put my hands behind my back, and just gave me a couple of shots to the head and threw me in the back of the car," Packer said.
He claims he wasn't resisting arrest -- but that didn't stop the punches.
"I was just at work," he said.
He was taken into police custody but never charged with a crime.
Packer filed a formal complaint with the RCMP in November. As of Jan. 14, the RCMP Professional Standards Unit was still reviewing the file.
Mantler has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation in relation to the Buddy Tavares incident.
Tavares was charged with careless use of a firearm in connection to a domestic situation still under investigation.
RCMP could not be reached for comment by press time.
The videotaped incident occurred after police responded to a call about gunshots at Harvest Golf Course in Kelowna, where Tavares previously worked.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Nafeesa Karim