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Court upholds dismissal of LAPD officers who played Pokémon Go during heist


A California appeals court ruled that two Los Angeles police officers were fired for playing Pokémon Go instead of responding to a robbery.

The court ruled on Friday that the LAPD was justified in firing Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell for misconduct in 2017, the Sacramento Bee reported on Monday.

On April 15, 2017, a video system in their patrol car captured the officers discussing how to catch a Snorlax and trying to capture the rare Togetic in-game while ignoring a report from several people who were stealing. a Macy’s in the Crenshaw area, according to the ruling.

FILE: A court ruled on Friday that the LAPD was justified in firing Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell for misconduct in 2017, the Sacramento Bee reported on Monday (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A police captain who arrived at the scene saw another patrol car parked nearby and wondered why the police had not responded and responded himself, according to court documents.

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Court upholds dismissal of LAPD officers who played Pokémon Go during heist

In this photo, a Pokémon GO app is displayed on a smartphone with a Pokémon GO logo in the background. (Photo Illustration by Thiago Prudêncio / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photo Illustration by Thiago Prudêncio / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

The officers claimed they did not hear the backup radio request, but on the patrol car’s tapes they were overheard discussing whether to respond and Lozano could be heard say: “Ah, shit,” according to court documents.

The officers are then heard for the next 20 minutes discussing the GPS-based augmented reality mobile phone game Pokémon and traveling to various locations to “capture” virtual creatures, according to the documents.

They were fired after a police rights board unanimously ruled that the two officers had “unprofessional and embarrassing” misconduct and violated public confidence.

The agents asked a court to overturn their dismissals, arguing among other things that the tapes of their private conversations had been abused as evidence but the judge of the Superior Court rejected their request. The Court of Appeal upheld this decision.


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