Blaine Gaffney, Kelowna, B.C. (CHBC News) – The top ranked RCMP officer in British Columbia has said sorry to Buddy Tavares.
Tavares is the Kelowna man who was kicked in the face by Cst. Geoff Mantler while being arrested on January 7th.
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihan visited Tavares at his Kelowna home Monday morning.
Tavares says during the 45 minute meeting, Hourihan apolgized for Cst. Mantler’s actions but didn’t offer any compensation for the assault which left Tavares bleeding heavily on the pavement.
Tavares makes a court appearance Monday afternoon when it’s expected he’ll find out if the Crown will proceed with the charge of careless use of a firearm that Kelowna RCMP laid against Tavares the day after his arrest.
The court will also deal with an application by government prosecutors to have Tavares banned from possessing firearms.
Tavares says he won’t fight the application, saying keeping his guns is not that important to him.
He also points out the Crown has a good argument for the ban because of a recent brain injury Tavares suffered in a motorcycle crash.