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Helicopter police caught chatting about oral sex over megaphone

All your worst speaker phone nightmares come true.

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POLICE IN THE Canadian city of Winnipeg have apologised after some of their officers accidentally broadcast an “inappropriate” conversation about oral sex from a helicopter hovering overhead.

The incident took place on Monday night, with several members of the public tweeting about it as it happened.

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According to witnesses, the officers swore a lot, and were chatting mainly about sex and money.

In a statement yesterday, Winnipeg police said the officers couldn’t hear the public address system from inside the helicopter, but that an investigation was under way.

On June 22, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service Helicopter AIR1, while on routine patrol, inadvertently activated the aircraft’s public address system.
As a result, the flight crew’s conversation was publically broadcast; some content of the conversation was inappropriate.
The Winnipeg Police Service, the Flight Operations Unit, and the involved members sincerely apologize to all members of the public, especially those who overheard the broadcast.
This incident is being reviewed. The outcome of this review will be determined at a later time.

One local, 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.

The hashtag #whoops has been trending in Canada after police included it in their Twitter apology yesterday.

Contains reporting by the Associated Press.

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