(Memphis, TN) - Fox 13 has learned there's a copy of the radio broadcast that captured an on-duty cop allegedly having sex in his squad car. That recording is now part of an open investigation by the police department. It will be released at some point.
Sergeant Karen Rudolph says every Memphis Police Officer is given two modes of radio communication: a shoulder microphone that stays with them and a console mic that stays in their squad car.
"Rather than picking up the phone, we use what's given to us with our consoles and microphones. A lot of times it's our life lines," she said.
There's no word yet on which microphone our sources say broadcast Officer Dion Anthony having sex in his squad car while on duty. But there is a recording because Sgt. Rudolph says every radio communication is recorded.
"Anytime you communicate via a handheld or console microphone you want to remain professional. Our job is to make sure all officers follow procedures. In this instance it's possible he didn't follow proper procedure," Rudolph said.
Anthony joined the force back in July 2007. He works the 2pm to 10pm shift out of the Mount Moriah precinct. The controversial broadcast of him having sex in his squad car went out between 8:45 and 9pm Monday night. Our sources say it was on an open channel that could be heard by not only the 30 to 35 officers working that precinct. But by anybody with a police scanner.
"The allegations do surround inappropriate communications through either his handheld or console mic," said Rudolph.
We still don't know the woman in question. Anthony was relieved of duty Tuesday while the department investigates. At last check Friday an MPD hearing on the matter has not yet been set.