Two police officers fired for playing Pokémon Go on duty

The two men preferred to catch a Snorlax rather than focus their attention on an armed robbery that was located nearby.

When Pokémon Go was released in 2016, the popularity of the game in augmented reality quickly caused many problems: road accidents, inattention of tourists, but also slightly more serious mistakes that sometimes concern the authorities. This is the case of two men, Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, former Los Angeles police officers. They were both fired for serious misconduct while playing Pokémon Go in full service.

The two men ignored an urgent radio call, ordering them to intercept suspects of a robbery. Instead of intervening, the two agents preferred to go hunting for Snorlax. This story takes place on April 15, 2017, one year after the game’s release on mobiles. That day, when the two police officers were on duty in front of the shopping center, where the theft took place, and should have been present on this busy day, which had also known a homicide, a little earlier in the morning.

A referral from the police to court

Following this case, where the police investigated the reasons for the inaction of the two officers, it was eventually taken to court, while the police asked to appeal. Unfortunately for them, this appeal was rejected, and they are both officially fired today. The court report did not hesitate to explain the details of the case, including the full transcript of the Snorlax hunt. We let you enjoy it:

For 20 minutes, the on-board video system filmed police officers chatting about Pokémon as they drove to different locations where the creatures virtually appeared on their cellphones. On his way to the location of the Snorlax, Agent Mitchell reported to Agent Lozano that ‘a Togetic had just appeared’, specifying that he was’ in Crenshaw, just south of the 50e ‘. After Mitchell apparently grabbed the Snorlax – exclaiming ‘I got it’ – the police agreed to ‘go get the Togetic’ and left.

Mitchell said he was’ trying to catch it, ‘adding,’ fuck shit, man. This thing defends itself like a devil. ‘ Finally, Mitchell exclaimed, ‘finally!’, Apparently in reference to the Togetic’s capture, and he remarked, ‘the guys are going to be so jealous’. The police then agreed to return to 7-Eleven (where Sergeant Gomez later met them) to complete their shift. On the way, Mitchell remarked: ‘I got you a new Pokemon today, man’. ”

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