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Mountie assault trial hears from witnesses

12/04/2012 09:11 EST | Updated 02/03/2013 05:12 EST
A Kelowna, B.C., court is expected to hear from more people today who witnessed an RCMP officer kick a suspect in the head during an arrest two years ago.

Const. Geoff Mantler is on trial for assault causing bodily harm for kicking Buddy Tavares in the head during the January 2011 incident. The arrest was caught on video and shows Mantler booting Tavares as he was on his knees and apparently putting his hands down on the pavement.

On Monday, the court heard from six people who saw the incident — including a retired RCMP officer.

The former Mountie testified Mantler appeared jacked up with adrenaline as he pulled Tavares over.

He told the court Mantler had difficulty putting his car in park, fumbled with the mechanism to turn off his police siren, and then left it blaring as he rushed with his gun drawn towards Tavares' truck.

The court also heard from four women who watched the arrest from the second-floor balcony of a bank across the street.

All of the witnesses agreed with the Crown that Tavares was not acting aggressively or showing any signs of resisting arrest. Under cross examination, the women agreed he was responding slowly to Mantler's commands.

The witnesses all described seeing the officer take two or three steps and kick Tavares in the face.

One woman said she heard an audible crunch and saw blood pour from Tavares' face before he hit the ground.

The Crown is expected to wrap up its case on Wednesday.

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