More witnesses sought in Tavares case
by Wayne Moore - Story: 59492
Jan 14, 2011 / 3:30 pm
Abbotsford Police continue to search for witnesses to last Friday's incident
at KLO and Lakeshore in Kelowna in which RCMP officer Geoff Mantler was
caught on video kicking suspect Buddy Tavares in the face.
Mantler has since been suspended with pay while six Major Crimes detectives
from the Abbotsford Police Department investigate the incident.
Abbotsford Police spokesman, Cst. Ian MacDonald, says several witnesses have
already come forward.
MacDonald says he has spoken with 10 people who have contacted the
Abbotsford detachment and believes officers in Kelowna have heard from many
more than that.
He says police are specifically asking people in the RBC bank branch on
Pandosy who witnessed the events to come forward.
"We've heard from a customer at the bank who had indicated that there were a
number of other customers in there and, despite the fact she didn't feel she
had the best vantage point, she made note of the fact there were several
others including bank employees who were lining the windows and seemed to
have a pretty good perspective of what was taking place," says MacDonald."
He says only one person from inside the bank has come forward to date.
Abbotsford Police arrived in Kelowna earlier this week to being their
While he doesn't know how long the investigation will take place, MacDonald
says it is not a routine investigation.
"The difference I would suggest in situations that involve a use of force is
that police officers are granted the privilege or the right, in certain
circumstances, to use force. When you are dealing with a police officer
there are so many different things that come into play," says MacDonald.
"In a very general sense, when you are investigating a situation like this
you are essentially having to say, was the person involved in the lawful
execution of their duty? Were they acting in good faith as a police
MacDonald says police officers do understand that actions they take will be
scrutinized by the public and, sometimes, scrutinized by other police
officers as well