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Pokemon Go: Los Angeles cops fired for ignoring theft to play mobile game lose appeal to get jobs

LOS ANGELES – Two Los Angeles police officers who were fired in 2017 for playing the Pokémon GO video game while on the job have been denied reinstatement by a judge.

Former officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell said “Screw it on” when called to respond to a robbery at Macy’s, according to court documents, and instead started talking about how to catch the Snorlax Pokemon. in the Pokémon Go mobile game.

A police regulatory board unanimously determined that the officers’ conduct was “unprofessional and embarrassing” and “violated public confidence.” That’s when they were officially fired.

During their appeal, officers attempted to argue that the patrol car’s tapes should be dismissed because they were private conversations, but the lower court and appellate court were not d ‘OK.

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