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Crown to call 45 witness in Kelowna Mountie’s assault trial

(CHBC NEWS) – The notorious case of a Kelowna RCMP officer who kicked a man in the face was before a judge Thursday.

RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler was charged with assault causing bodily harm after cell phone video captured him kicking Buddy Tavares last January in Kelowna.

The prosecutor plans to put 40 civilian witnesses and five police officers on the witness stand in a trial that is expected to last three weeks.

The defence lawyer says he will call six witnesses, all of whom are police officers.

The key issue is whether the force used by Const. Mantler during the arrest was reasonable under the circumstances.

The Abbotsford Police Department interviewed dozens of witnesses during its investigation but never requested a statement from Mantler himself.

Instead, the prosecutor says he will rely on notes Mantler made afterwards where he explains he thought he needed to control Tavares in the violent manner he did.

A trial date has not been set but it likely won’t happen for at least a year.

Because of the numerous Kelowna RCMP witnesses, an out-of-town judge will hear the case.


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