A California judge has denied the appeal of two Home of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who were fired from their jobs in 2017 for playing Pokémon Go while on duty.
Two officers fired for playing Pokémon Go
Officers’ patrol video camera showed Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell ignoring an endorsement request to continue playing Pokémon Go, according to court documents.
The two were parked near a robbery in progress, and after responding officers placed a call for backup, Lozano and Mitchell apparently ignored the call and left the area.
When asked later why they hadn’t responded to the call, the two officers said they were in a noisy area and couldn’t hear their radio.
Lozano and Mitchell’s supervisor was skeptical of their explanation and checked the car’s recording system (commonly known as a dashcam), which revealed that the two had heard the call and opted to go elsewhere because they didn’t want to help.
The supervisor reported the incident, which opened a formal investigation.
According to court documents, a thorough review of the car’s video system revealed that shortly after leaving the scene of the robbery, the two officers could be heard discussing Pokémon Go, including the appearance of a Snorlax, a virtual character from the Pokémon universe. and that it is difficult to capture and the best route to intercept and catch it.
For approximately the next 20 minutes, the [sistema de video del automóvil] captured the officers discussing Pokemon Go as they drove to different locations where the virtual creatures apparently appeared on their mobile phones.
They ignore a robbery for catching a Snorlax
“While going to the location of the Snorlax, Officer Mitchell advises Officer Lozano that ‘a Togetic just showed up,’” the document added.
The cops captured the Snorlax and followed behind the other virtual creature. “This thing is beating me,” Mitchell said of the Togetic, according to the documents.
They deny having played Pokémon Go during business hours
When confronted, the officers denied they were playing Pokémon Go and said they were just having a conversation.
They attempted to appeal on the grounds that the recordings in the vehicle were not intended to monitor the officers’ “private conversations,” but a judge ruled that premise “erroneous” and denied the appeal.
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