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Osoyoos Times editor regrets rant

February 10, 2012

Osoyoos Times editor Keith Lacey spoke to The Province Friday about his RCMP rant. He regrets his error, hopes to write an apology, and might even give the RCMP the green light to release the video.

Lacey said he was worried he’d lose his job over his rash editorial.

“I’m man enough to own up to it. I realize I may lose my job. Some may think what I wrote was slanderous, but I wrote the truth. I’ve obviously got to write an apology and it will be sincere.”

Lacey said he’d have to consult with his publisher before allowing for the release of the video.

[UPDATE: He has since changed his mind.]

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  1. February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Global news is now reporting that Lacey says he won’t write an apology. So what’s up with that? Here’s their story: http://www.globalnews.ca/update+osoyoos+editor+has+no+regrets+over+editorial/6442578272/story.html

  2. February 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Sure. So why does Lacey have to consult with his employer before agreeing to the RCMP releasing the video? Did he consult his employer before going out for a meal and a pint? I don’t get this bit at all. Isn’t the video separate from his employment? Was he on an assignment – about getting pulled over after having eaten out on Friday nights? For that matter, isn’t the video already in the public domain? He was outside, on the street and the video was made during police doing their jobs. I’m getting more confused as I think about this, actually.

    Unless: there really is a slander issue here and his employer is rightly concerned that the paper would be liable. I guess that’s possible. But it only makes the RCMP’s take more believable to me.

    Too bad Lacey didn’t consider consulting with his employer before publishing his rant in the first place.

  3. Tom Larkin
    February 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Excellent damage control Mr. Lacey. Well Done. Go to Tim Hortons on the outskirts of town and buy the officer a cup of coffee. It will go a long way to settling the waters and elevate your status in the community as a honest fellow who can admit when he is wrong without taking it personal. You will receive an enormous amount of accolades for such action and then the matter will quickly drift off into obsurity. B.C. Reporter Reporter, “Thank you for the update.” This matter should now be concluded here.

  4. John Taylor
    February 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I am somewhat confused how someone “wrote the truth”, yet needs to apologise. You don’t apologise for the truth. It is fair to say that if the officer in question had been in the wrong he would not have lost his job; rather, some disciplinary action would have been taken.

    Mr Lacey, if he is truly remorseful, should not receive a life sentence for a lapse of judgement. Nobody died here, someone just made a stupid mistake…

    • Tom Larkin
      February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      John: Did you know there is a school in Winnipeg named after your name sake? I went to John Taylor Collegiate in Winnipeg in the early 70’s. Just thought you’d like to know. Cheers..Tom Larkin

      • John Taylor
        February 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        Tom: The Taylor family at one time had a plan for total world domination; unfortunately, due to our move to BC, we got distracted by the warmer weather and forgot all about it…

        Seriously,it’s interesting you mention that as my grandfather was a schoolmaster in Scotland back before the turn of the century… Taylor was the Singh of the 19th century I think… we were all over the place!

    • February 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Seriously ????? Its NOT fair at all to say that the officer in question is wrong! The RCMP has video evidence to prove that he was acting in good faith and doing his job!!!! But…. the editor has not given the police permission to release the video of the incident. “If” an officer is “wrong” and is abusing their power they would have to go through an internal process and pay a heavy fine or loose their job. Why wouldn’t this editor have the same consequences???? So let me get this straight??! if you are en editor of news paper and print false information in order to basically slander someone doing their job thats ok????? But if you are a police officer you should loose your job???? Makes no sense to me at all!!!!

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