POKEMON Go has led to some myths over the years with people doing stupid things to catch pokemon, but this one takes the cookie.
Two LAPD officers have died their call after they were fired in 2017 for skipping a robbery to capture a Snorlax in Pokemon Go.
Officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were discovered in their patrol car in the vicinity of an ongoing robbery at Macy’s but failed to respond to calls for assistance.
The following minutes were filled with “chaotic” radio communications, but Officer Lozano was caught on a digital in-car video system (DICVS) recording “turn it on”.
Five minutes later, the two cops are finally prompted to action – by a nearby Snorlax in Pokemon Go.
In 20 minutes, they drove around a pokemon hunt, catching a Snorlax and a Togetic.
Not realizing they were caught on camera, when asked why they weren’t answered by their Sergeant, both said they were in a noisy area and couldn’t hear the radio.
After reviewing the footage, an investigation into misconduct was opened, “focusing on allegations that plaintiffs failed to react to an ongoing robbery, falsely reported to a supervisor, oblivious and negligent in handling a radio call.”
Surprisingly, given the evidence, the staff continued to deny they were playing Pokemon Go, saying it was a “social media event”.
They were fired but appealed against the use of the DICVS recording, but they lost the case.
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At the time of the original event, Snorlax was one of the rarest pokemon in Pokemon Go.
That probably led to the two men’s surprisingly candid decision to ignore a call for an ongoing robbery at a Macy’s department store.
But they had gone into hiding just minutes before, so the fact that the appeal was denied was no surprise.
What is shocking is that there are police officers who have managed to keep their jobs after much more heinous acts.
A Twitter user @GSGtheOriginal posted a list of ‘LAPD fireable offenses’ that went viral on Twitter:
- Harassment: No
- Race Profile: No
- Beating an unarmed suspect: No
- Shooting unarmed suspect: No
- Kill an unarmed suspect: No
- Chasing Pokémon Snorlax: Yes
Either way, Pokedex was eventually shut down because of this case.
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