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According to court documents, two Los Angeles police officers were fired for ignoring a theft call so they could attempt to catch a character in a Pokémon Go game, court documents show.
Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were asked to respond to an ongoing robbery with “multiple suspects” at a Macy’s in southwest Los Angeles, but did not respond to radio calls.
An investigation revealed that Lozano and Mitchell heard the call but chose to ignore it in favor of pursuing a nearby Snorlax, a Pokémon character.
A video system in the couple’s car revealed that Mitchell managed to capture the Snorlax before the couple drove to a location where the Togetic character had been spotted. Upon arrival, Lozano and Mitchell managed to capture the Togetic.
The incident happened in April 2017, but details were revealed by an appeals court on Friday. Vice first reported on the case. Lozano and Mitchell were fired following an investigation, but appealed. The court confirmed their dismissal.
Lozano and Mitchell’s car recording captured the pair discussing Pokémon Go, an augmented reality mobile game where users travel to different locations.
According to court documents, minutes after officers were asked to respond to Macy’s robbery, “Constable Mitchell alerted Lozano that Snorlax” had just appeared “at the 46th and Leimert.”
The court reported: “After Mitchell apparently caught Snorlax – exclaiming, ‘I have them’ – the petitioners agreed.”[g]O take the Togetic ‘and go.
“When their car stopped again, the [digital in-car video system] Mitchell recorded saying, ‘Don’t run away. Don’t run away, ”while Lozano described how he“ buried and ultra-balled ”the Togetic before announcing,“ I got it.
“Mitchell said he was'[s]until I try to catch it, ”adding,“ Holy shit, man. This thing is fighting against me. Finally, Mitchell exclaimed, ‘Holy Crap. Well, apparently in reference to the Togetic’s capture.
The video system recorded Mitchell adding, “The […] guys are going to be so jealous.
Officers argued that the recording should not have been used in their disciplinary proceedings and said they were denied the protections of the Public Security Officers Bill of Rights Act. The court disagreed.
Bulbapedia.net, a community-based Pokémon encyclopedia, describes Snorlax as a “huge, dark blue-green bipedal Pokémon with a cream-colored face, belly, and feet.”
Togetic, Bulbapedia says, is a small, flying Pokémon that can “smell kindness in others.”
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