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Buddy Tavares, the man [allegedly] kicked brutally in the face by RCMP thug... I mean constable Geoff Mantler, has filed a lawsuit against Constable Geoff Mantler, Mantler's female partner, the Attorney General of BC and the City of Kelowna.
Fantastic! If there is any common sense left in our justice system, this lawsuit should be a slam-dunk, especially considering that senior RCMP members apologized to Buddy Tavares personally.
Now I have to say that the thug, Geoff Mantler, [allegedly] kicked Buddy Tavares in the face because even though it was caught on video for the whole world to see, the thug cop has not been convicted of the crime in court.
When the case first made national and international news, Constable Geoff Mantler was initially placed on what I like to call a "paid vacation." Once the Abbotsford Police Department completed their investigation and recommended charges against Mantler, that paid vacation was converted into a suspension without pay, like it should have been in the first place.
What's shocking about cases like this is that Geoff Mantler is one of the very few who have actually been placed on an unpaid suspension. There are currently a number of RCMP members on paid suspension that have been collecting paychecks and even raises for NOT going to work for over three years.
As bizarre as it sounds to me and perhaps you, Geoff Mantler is actually going to plead not guilty in court later this month. Apparently this pathetic excuse for an RCMP constable (and for a man) actually believes he did no wrong.
Everyone on the planet is ashamed of Geoff Mantler's actions except, it seems, for Geoff Mantler himself. This isn't the first time (or even the second) that he's been accused of using excessive force against civilians. He absolutely disgusts me.
His denial of reality also tells me the RCMP is in desperate need of revamping the RCMP recruiting process, as I wrote about the other day.
The current RCMP recruitment process, if judged by recent news stories, would seem to go something like this:
- Are you willing to beat the shit out of someone for making rude comments about police? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
- If an inmate talks back to you, is that cause to beat him so severely he has to be sent to hospital? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
- Are you willing to lie in court to cover up your violation of the Charter Rights of a civilian? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
- Are you willing to drive drunk, even doing so kills an innocent civilian? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
- Do you believe cheating on your wife with a street prostitute is a good idea? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
- Will you use the CPIC database for your own personal ends even though doing so is a violation of the RCMP’s own rules? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
If you have answered YES to all of these questions, please report to RCMP DEPOT in Regina immediately.
We've had so many cases of RCMP misconduct surface recently that the issue would appear to be systemic, not just a series random thug cops.
My favourite RCMP Poster-Boy for everything wrong with the RCMP is, of course, Corporal Monty Robinson. He epitomizes everything that is wrong with the RCMP. He killed two men. He lied about killing the first one in court. He was [allegedly] drunk when he killed the second man, and then ran home to pound back a couple shots of vodka so he couldn't get nailed for impaired driving. He refused to cooperate with investigators.
To top off the obscenity that is RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, he's been on a paid vacation for the past three years. He's even getting pay raises while he doesn't go to work. How's that for disgusting?
Robinson, sadly for us all, is not alone though. There is a long line of men wearing the RCMP's uniform that should never have been allowed near the service.
The list of morally-bankrupt RCMP members seems endless... Constable Geoff Mantler, RCMP Constable Shyamal Ramlu, RCMP Constable Gerry Rundel, RCMP Constable Bill Bentley, RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington, RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith, RCMP Constable Todd Glasman, RCMP Constable Matt Wright, RCMP Constable Nick Sharma, RCMP Constable Desmond Sandboe, RCMP Constable Andy Yung, Constable Allan Douglas Roberts (illegal search) are just the ones that come easily to mind.
One commenter on a story of RCMP misconduct said,
"BC seems to be the RCMP's dumping ground for bad cops."
It's hard not to agree with that comment. BC does seem to have a much higher proportion of RCMP misconduct than any other province... a topic I'll be writing about more in the days to come. I've found some interesting research that shows how atrocious the RCMP is at getting rid of their bad apples.