UPDATED: Kelowna RCMP officer resigns from the force

Const. Geoff Mantler will be sentenced for assault causing bodily harm on Thursday and has resigned from the RCMP as a result of the scandal

  • Apr. 30, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Geoff Mantler will find out his punishment from the courts on Thursday, but it was revealed this week that he will no longer face discipline from the RCMP.

Mantler’s lawyer, Neville McDougall, said Tuesday that Mantler has resigned from the force.

“As he is no longer a member of the RCMP, a Code of Conduct can’t be enforced,” said Insp. Rick Flewelling,

who is currently acting as the officer in charge of Kelowna RCMP following Supt. Bill McKinnon’s retirement.

RCMP officers are governed by the RCMP Code of Conduct, and a Code of Conduct investigation was launched after Mantler was caught on video kicking a brain-injured Buddy Tavares in the face in early

2011. The process–and any ensuing discipline–had been on hold pending the outcome of Mantler’s court case.

But with his resignation–which RCMP say took place March 15–that disciplinary process will not resume.

The court heard Tuesday that the RCMP had been seeking Mantler’s dismissal from the police force.

His legal punishment was also discussed in court Tuesday, with sentencing submissions being presented to Judge Greg Koturbash.

Crown counsel Will Burrows indicated he was seeking a suspended sentence and 18 months probation for the former police officer, who pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in December.

Suggested conditions of probation include no contact with Tavares, except to write a letter of apology or to participate in victim-offender reconciliation. As well, Crown is suggesting 40-60 hours of community work service or a fine, plus a firearms prohibition.

McDougall suggested a conditional discharge during sentencing submissions. That would mean that Mantler would not have a criminal conviction provided he followed the requirements of the conditional discharge.

Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday morning.

By Cheryl Wierda, Capital News contributor

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