Winnipeg sucks; modern police suck; and Winnipeg police therefore suck doubly.
Racy comments from a Winnipeg police helicopter were overheard by individuals on the ground Monday night through the chopper’s speaker system.
It’s not known if the speaker was inadvertently left on, but a police spokesperson said the department is aware of the situation and is reviewing it.
Parts of the conversation were quickly posted to Twitter, and then spread across social media.
The tweets started about 10 p.m. local time, and caused #whoops and #speakerphone to trend in the Winnipeg area.
One of the first to tweet about it, Natanielle Felicitas, told CBC News on Tuesday morning that she was enjoying a nice evening in her backyard with friends when the extra voices came from the sky.
“We paused to listen and were shocked by what we heard. It was a hilarious and inappropriate human blooper moment,” she wrote in an email. “I rarely tweet, but this moment seemed too bizarre not to share.”
— Marie Cee (@MarieinPegcity) June 23, 2015
— Natanielle (@natncello) June 23, 2015
That moment you realize you left the speakerphone on while having an X-rated conversation in a Police Helicopter. #whoops
— Robin B (@Mad_Skippy) June 23, 2015
Insulting a police officer or municipal official on the internet has been made illegal in the town of Granby, Que., after the council voted unanimously tonight in favour of beefing up an already controversial bylaw.
In Granby — a town situated about 80 kilometres east of Montreal — it was already illegal to insult a police officer and other municipal officials. Offenders could face fines ranging from $100 to as high as $1,000.
Tonight, the town council strengthened that bylaw to include online insults.
“In my opinion, if I threaten you via my keyboard, it’s as though I am making that threat right in front of you.… For me, it’s the same thing,” said Robert Riel, Granby’s deputy mayor.
The move comes after town officials discovered a Facebook page called Les policiers zélé de Granby — The Zealous Police of Granby.
It was bad enough that a man crashed his car into Aaron Shelton’s yard. It was even worse when the Hamilton County, Tennessee, deputies pursuing that man tackled Shelton to the ground and beat him with their batons even as he and his wife tried to explain that, not only was Shelton the not the man they were looking for, he was a fellow deputy. After the deputies realized their mistake, Shelton says they tried to keep him quiet, telling him they were “brothers.” But he says he was ostracized and punished professionally after he filed a complaint against the deputies. He’s now suing the department and the county.
I hope he wins.
The NAACP is threatening to sue the city of Seattle after a police officer pepper sprayed a teacher who’d just given a speech at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally. Video shows Jesse Hagopian walking and talking on his cellphone, committing no obvious crime, when the officer sprayed him.