WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Winnipeg police have apologized and launched an investigation after officers flying in a helicopter mistakenly broadcast a cockpit conversation that one person says referred to a sex act.
Const. Jason Michalyshen said three officers were on routine patrol Monday night when they inadvertently turned on the chopper's public address system. They didn't know people below could hear their workplace chatter, which witnesses said ranged from swearing to talking about money and sex.
He said the officers were not able to hear the public address system within the chopper, but when they became aware their conversation had been broadcast they immediately turned it off.
The conversation came to light when people took to social media using the hashtags "whoops" and "speakerphone." One said the chatter included remarks about oral sex.
"Having a backyard hang out with the gals and the megaphone on that chopper was loud and clear," Natanielle Felicitas tweeted.
Stephen Kernaghan was hanging out with friends when they heard someone talking through what sounded like a megaphone.
"It was very bizarre. They were cursing quite a bit," said the 26-year-old.
Kernaghan said the group listened to the conversation for about three or four minutes before the public address system was abruptly turned off. He said he felt badly for the officers.
"There almost couldn't be any more public mistake — they were literally broadcasting their conversation for everyone to hear in downtown Winnipeg," he said.