Ever since video of Kelowna RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler’s brutal kick to the face of Buddy Tavares was made public, I’ve stated that this thug should be in prison, not walking the streets with a badge and a gun. Geoff Mantler is a danger to society and, like every other violent offender, he should spend a very long time in prison.
Testimony at Mantler’s trial from Abbotsford Police Department Sgt. Jeremy Lane makes it clear that I’m not alone in this thinking. Sgt. Lane, who analyzed the video extensively, testified that Geoff Mantler pretty much broke every use of force rule there is when confronting a suspect that may be armed. That’s hardly shocking testimony to anyone who watched the video.
Sgt. Lane went on to testify that Mantler’s commands to Buddy Tavares were incomplete, vague and could easily have left Tavares confused about what the RCMP constable expected of him. Again, hardly shocking news.
What is shocking, and probably shouldn’t be, is that Geoff Mantler believes he is being “tossed under the bus” by his RCMP superiors.
When I read a news report that said Geoff Mantler was being “tossed under the bus” by RCMP Brass who wanted to make an example of him and at the same time protect the image of the RCMP, I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry.
The idea that Mantler is being unjustly persecuted is laughable, and the idea that Mantler did nothing wrong is simply ridiculous.
Long gone, it seems, are the days where RCMP members took responsibility for their actions. Geoff Mantler is the poster-boy for this behavior, topped only by the repulsive actions of former RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson. Anyone who reads this site regularly already knows precisely what I think of that particular waste of breathable air.
While I doubt that RCMP Brass are tossing him under the bus, since Geoff Mantler managed that all by himself by his brutal and repulsive actions, I believe the RCMP should make an example of him.
Constable Geoff Mantler personifies the type of cop the RCMP and any police force in Canada should have absolutely nothing to do with.
He is the kind of cop that I certainly don’t want patrolling our streets.
He is, as I have stated many times, nothing but a thug with a badge and a gun, and if he is acquitted this time as he was in his last police brutality case for assaulting Manjit Singh Bhatti, I guarantee this will not be the last time Geoff Mantler is on trial for abusing his police authority and beating the crap out of some mere citizen.
No, should Geoff Mantler get off again, he will see this as a vindication of his heinous actions; an endorsement that his “might is right” mentality is moral and just.
He will believe, as he does today, that he has done nothing wrong and is being persecuted by RCMP Brass who want to protect the RCMP’s image.
The very best thing the RCMP can do to restore public confidence in this case, is to fire Geoff Mantler regardless of the outcome of this trial.
That would send the message loudly and clearly that thuggish actions will not be tolerated in the ranks of the RCMP.
Will that message ever be sent?
I don’t know. Perhaps you and I should send a letter to Robert Paulson, the Commissioner of the RCMP, and explain in no uncertain terms we do NOT want this type of cop represented in the ranks of our national police force.