POKEMON Go has spawned some wild tales of people doing stupid things to catch Pokemon over the years, but this one takes the cookie.
Two LAPD officers have lost their appeals after being fired in 2017 for ignoring a robbery to catch a Snorlax in Pokemon Go.
Officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were spotted in their squad car near an ongoing robbery at a Macy’s, but did not respond to calls for assistance.
The ensuing minutes were filled with “chaotic” communications over the radio, but Officer Lozano was caught by the in-car digital video system (DICVS) recording saying “Fuck it.”
Five minutes later, the two cops were finally spurred into action – by a nearby Snorlax in Pokemon Go.
For 20 minutes they drove around chasing Pokémon and caught a Snorlax and a Togetic.
When asked by their sergeant why they hadn’t answered, the two didn’t realize they had been caught on camera and claimed they were in a noisy area and couldn’t hear the radio.
After reviewing the footage, a misconduct investigation was launched “that focused on allegations that petitioners did not respond to a call while a robbery was in progress, gave false information to a supervisor and failed to handle a radio call”.
Amazingly, given the evidence, officials continued to deny they were playing Pokemon Go, saying it was a “social media event.”
They were released but appealed and denied the use of the DICVS record, but have now lost their appeal.
At the time of the first event, Snorlax was one of the rarest Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
That may have contributed to the two men’s frankly astounding decision to ignore a call about an ongoing robbery at a Macy’s department store.
But they pulled the trigger minutes beforehand, so the fact that the appeal was denied comes as no surprise.
What is shocking is that there are cops who have managed to keep their jobs through far more heinous acts.
A Twitter user @GSGtheOriginal published a list of “LAPD fire offenses” that have proliferated on Twitter:
Anyway, the Pokedex has been closed for good in this case.
I made $ 5,000 playing the Sandbox Metaverse game – so can you.
Scrape your wordle itch with an imitation game that has “infinite” puzzles.
Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour: all Pokemon, dates and bonuses for January 2022.
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org