Victim of alleged police brutality still in custody: family
Published Saturday, January 8, 2011 1:15PM PST
The family of a man who was allegedly kicked in the face by police during an arrest in Kelowna, B.C. says he remains in custody more than 24 hours later.
Mounties pulled over Buddy Tavares' truck on Friday while responding to reports of shots fired at the Harvest Golf Club.
Video of the arrest shows Tavares kneeling on the street when an officer appears to wind up and kick him. When another officer rolls him over, his face is covered in blood and there appears to be a pool of blood where he was lying.
He was taken into custody and faces a charge of dangerous use of a firearm.
Officers uncovered a shotgun from Tavares' truck, but RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon confirmed Friday that Tavares is a former employee of the golf course who had a permit to scare away geese with his gun.
He is reportedly on disability leave after suffering a brain injury.
McKinnon says police are conducting a criminal investigation into excessive use of force and a code of conduct investigation.
The officer shown in the video has been placed on administrative leave while the investigations are carried out.