Court documents regarding a rejected appeal have recently come to light out of Los Angeles, revealing an extremely bizarre situation. They highlight how former Los Angeles (LAPD) police officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were fired for ignoring a robbery in progress at a Macy’s in favor of hunting for a Snorlax (and then a Togetic) in mobile game Pokémon GO. Video and audio evidence proves pretty concretely that the LAPD officers ignored the robbery to hunt Snorlax in Pokémon GO.
Lozano and Mitchell discussed whether they should respond to the communication about the robbery, and the digital in-car video system (DICVS) captured their exchange. When Lozano asked about responding, Mitchell replied, “It’s up to you. Whatever you think. I don’t want them to think we’re not paying attention to the radio,” to which Lozano then said, “Aw, screw it.” The LAPD officers ultimately spent around 20 minutes discussing Pokémon and routing strategy and driving around, and they eventually did catch their Snorlax in Pokémon GO — plus a Togetic that caught their attention afterward.
— Jake White (@unioncounsel) January 10, 2022
In their appeal to get their jobs back, the former police officers claimed they were merely taking pictures of Pokémon and that Pokémon GO isn’t necessarily a game but rather a “social media event” in which they participated. This was evidently not persuasive, as the officers are not getting their jobs back. Let this be a lesson about responsibility — and common sense. Don’t go catching Snorlax on the clock, especially if you’re a cop. (That being said, Pokémon does have a long, strange history of inspiring crime.)