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Firing sustained for 2 LAPD officers playing video games during holdup

Sacramento — A California appellate court has ruled that two Los Angeles police officers were justifiably fired for playing Pokémon Go instead of responding to a robbery.

The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that the Second District Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the LAPD was justified in sacking Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell for misconduct in 2017.

On April 15, 2017, a video system in his patrol car caught officers discussing how to capture Snorlax and was trying to capture the rare Tegetic in sport, while ignoring a report of several people. who were in the process of robbing Macy’s. Crenshaw area, according to the ruling.

Court documents state that a police captain who arrived at the scene saw another patrol car parked nearby and wondered why the officers did not respond and answered it himself.

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The officers claimed they had not heard a radio request for backup, but on patrol car recordings, they were heard discussing whether to respond and Lozano could be heard saying, “Ah, screw it, According to the court filing.

The filing said officers are heard discussing the GPS-based Pokémon augmented reality cellphone game for the next 20 minutes and “capturing” the virtual creatures at various locations.

They were fired after a Police Board of Rights ruled unanimously that both officers had committed “unprofessional and shameful” misconduct and violated public trust.

The officers asked a court to overturn their firing, arguing, inter alia, that the recording of their private conversations had been improperly used as evidence, but a Superior Court judge refused their plea. rejected. The appeals court upheld that decision.

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