A pair of Los Angeles police officers have been fired because they decided to ignore a robbery in progress to catch a Snorlax in Pokémon Go, as reported by Vice.
Court documents that were posted last Friday detailed their appeal to have the city’s decision of terminated employment reversed. Former officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were found guilt on multiple counts of misconduct, with the evidence being captured from their digital in-car video system (DICVS).
The recording showed the former officers “willfully abdicating their duty to assist a commanding officer’s response to a robbery in progress and playing a Pokemon mobile phone game while on duty.” They are appealing based on that the “City proceeded in a manner contrary to the law by using the DICVS recording in their disciplinary proceeding and by denying them the protections of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.” As one would expect, they lost the appeal.
The incident initially took place in April 2017, at the Los Angeles Crenshaw Mall at a Macy’s. Court records state a patrol supervisor called Lozano and Mitchell to respond to the robbery. A Captain even claimed to have seen their vehicle nearby, but assumed they were from another unit when they didn’t respond.
However, it was discovered through the DICVS recording they had actually discussed the call, making the decision to ignore it after and go after a Snorlax in Pokémon Go. Lozano and Mitchell made no attempt to make contact about the robbery. Court records also showed that on their way to the Snorlax, a Togetic popped up in the game. Lozano and Mitchell were reported to have also lied about whether they were actually playing the game or not, while also claiming Pokémon Go isn’t a game but more a “social media event.” Both ended up admitting they did leave the area because they were “chasing this mythical creature.”