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Osoyoos Times apologizes for "slanderous" editorial

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Osoyoos Times editor, Keith Lacey (Contributed by: Osoyoos Times)
The editor of the Osoyoos Times is apologizing for a scathing editorial he wrote late last week about an experience he had with a local RCMP officer.

Cpl. Ryan S. McLeod pulled Times editor Keith Lacey and his girlfriend over to the side of the road after they left a liquor store one night. The officer had Lacey undergo a breathalyzer test, which he passed.

In his editorial, Lacey ranted that a "self righteous cop" had treated him, an "innocent taxpayer" like a "criminal." He wrote the officer "humiliated" him and "abused his position of authority"

That prompted Superintendent Ray Bernoties, the head of communications for B.C. RCMP to write a letter of his own, saying video footage of the incident shows nothing inappropriate.   Bernoties wrote Lacey exploited his position at the Osoyoos Times to defame the officer, and asked the editor to write a retraction.

On Friday, Lacey defended his editorial, telling the CBC what he wrote was true.

But on Sunday, he published an apology saying he was "deeply sorry" for what he wrote.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Superintendent Bernoties about this development.
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