Two Los Angeles Cops Dismissed for Ignoring A Heist To Play Pokémon Go.

Posted by in News On 17th January 2022
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According to the investigation, Eric Mitchell and Louis Lozano heard the call but chose to ignore it in favor of chasing down a nearby Snorlax.

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Two Los Angeles Cops Dismissed for Ignoring A Heist To Play Pokémon Go.

Rather than assistance in the arrest of a thief, the two cops decided to go for Snorlax.

According to published records, Los Angeles police officers Eric Mitchell and Louis Lozano ignored a call about a crime in progress at Macy's in the Crenshaw neighborhood in April 2017, in lieu of catching characters of Pokémon Go.

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Officers were on patrol when the incident happened. During their patrolling, they got a phone call for assistance to deal with an active heist at a neighboring mall involving numerous suspects. They did not, however, come to assist and instead fled the location.

Things grew much worse when the case was forwarded to a private investigator for additional investigation. The cops were on the lookout for two animated characters, a Togetic and Snorlax, according to the recordings, and headed to numerous areas.

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Both policemen stated in follow-up investigations that they weren't exactly playing games and were just conversing about it.

They were sacked after the court unanimously decided that the cops had engaged in "unprofessional and uncooperative" conduct that had betrayed the public's confidence. Both cops were dismissed after being found guilty of various violations. 

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They filed an appeal, claiming that the footage of the incident acquired in their police car was inadmissible and that their privacy had been breached when their sergeant interviewed them more about the event without their attorneys present.

The former police claimed that videos of their personal talks were unlawfully utilized as proof. The court dismissed those allegations, prompting the present appeals, that has now been dismissed as well. 

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The court determined that the video footage was valid and appropriately utilized in the prosecution and that their conversation with the sergeant did not violate their rights.

As a result, their dismissal has been confirmed.

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