December 03, 2012 - 3:47 PM
Const. Geoff Mantler as very emotional before his arrest and subsequent kick of suspect Buddy Tavares, a witness testified today.
Grant Wereley, a retired realtor who spent eight years as an RCMP officer, said Monday morning that Mantler was very excited and fumbled to put his car into park before he approached Tavares' car.
"He was quite jacked up," Wereley said.
Mantler is charged with assault in connection with his videotaped kick of Tavares Jan. 7, 2011.
Wereley said he was in his car, exiting Lakeview Market onto KLO Road when he saw Mantler pull over Tavares. He said Mantler struggled to put his car into park and failed to turn off his siren. Wereley took Mantler's actions as signs of nervousness.
Wereley testified that he kept watching. He said his car faced the passenger side of Tavares' car. Although much of the activity happened on the driver's see of the truck, Wereley said he could see Mantler pointing his service weapon at Tavares and could hear him at least twice order him to get out of the truck and get on the ground.
Wereley said he could see Mantler's lower torso and Tavares on his knees as he peered under Tavares' truck's undercarriage. He said he saw Mantler take two or three steps, lift his right foot as if to kick Tavares. He said he saw Tavares collapse to the pavement.
The trial continues Tuesday. It is expected that Crown counsel will call several other civilian witnesses to the stand.
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