Two LAPD officers released for playing Pokemon GO and ignoring the robbery call

Two LAPD officers released for playing Pokemon GO and ignoring the robbery call

New York, 2022-01-12 11:00:54. Two LAPD officers released for playing Pokemon GO and ignoring the robbery call

Two Los Angeles police officers lost their resumes and jobs after April 2017 Pokemon GO game.

Instead of answering a close call, Luis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were caught searching for Pokémon characters through the Pokémon GO app, according to a ruling this month from a California appeals court.

That Saturday, a radio call was sent out for a “211 (robbery) in progress,” according to the ruling. Macy’s in Crenshaw Plaza, located southwest of downtown Los Angeles, has been robbed by several suspects.

The verdict indicates that Captain Darnell Davenport heard the call come as he was heading to a murder scene. From where he was, he could see Macy’s and another police car that was hidden away in an alley. It was inside the patrol car of Lozano and Mitchell.

Since Davenport did not hear their answer to the call, he took it himself, but noticed that the car was driving away.

Sgt. The court ruling indicated that Jose Gomez, the patrol superintendent that day, realized Lozano and Mitchell were nearby and requested support for the robbery, but did not receive a response.

Gomez later realizes that the car answered another call at the same time Davenport answered the theft. This left him curious and he questioned the two of them.

They claimed they hadn’t heard a back-up request about the theft because they were in a park where there was a lot of noise. In the court ruling, Officer Mitchell was quoted as saying there was “a lot of music” and that he was “really loud in the park.

“We had no control over the system and all the loud noise was loud,” the referee quoted Lozano as saying.

Not completely convinced, Gomez decided the next day to review the car’s DVR recording.

The recordings revealed that instead of answering the call, the two officers had been playing the augmented reality game on a mobile phone, Pokémon GO, for 20 minutes, the ruling said.

The app launched in 2016 and soon took off in the US with GPS, where users were tasked with locating and collecting virtual characters.

The two apparently heard the call but ignored it, Greg J. Jacobian. In the judgment, Lozano was quoted as saying: “Oh my God.” When discussing whether they should answer the call.

Nearby, Snorlax, one of the Pokémon characters, has been spotted, so the men are focused on capturing it. Evidence in the verdict indicates that Mitchell grabbed the creature and yelled “I got it.”

Another character called Togetic appeared, and the two of them set out to capture that as well. “Don’t run. Don’t run away.” Mitchell was quoted as saying.

Mitchell is said to have said, “Holy crap, man. This thing is fighting crap out of me” and “Men would be very jealous.”

When questioned, the officers claimed that they were discussing Pokemon and not playing.

The two officers were fired in 2018 after being convicted of misconduct and breach of public trust, according to a warrant filed by the men’s lawyer, Greg Yacoubian.

The men appealed and argued that the recordings were improperly used as evidence, but the Supreme Court denied this. The appeals court upheld that position on Friday, the ruling notes.

Yacoubian told CNN that Lozano and Mitchell were disappointed with the decision.

“The ends do not justify the means, we are evaluating the best way forward,” Yacoubian said.

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