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LAPD cops fired to ignore theft to play Pokémon Go: VIDEO

Two Los Angeles police officers who were fired in 2017 for ignoring a burglary to play Pokemon Go lost their appeal in court to get them back on their job.

Officers Luis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were stationed near a burglary at Macy’s on Crenshaw Mall in 2017 when responding officers called for support.

But instead of responding or reporting the crime scene, the two officers were caught by a video camera of their squad “moving backwards through the alley and away from the mall” according to the court ruling.

Why did they ignore the call?

Pokémon Go, the highly addictive game for smartphones that challenges players to locate different Pokémon characters using their GPS.

NBC News reported on the strange story.

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The two officers were reportedly discussed by their car’s dashboard camera for 20 minutes or so as they went looking for “Snorlaxs” and “Togetics” rather than helping their fellow officers catch the thieves.

When asked later why they failed to answer the call by their supervisor, they cited the intense noise in their surroundings, which they claimed made it extremely difficult to hear their radios.

But their excuse was soon debunked by their supervisor after he saw the dashcam footage, which captured Lozano and Mitchell ignoring the call and fleeing the scene.

Viewers of NBC’s YouTube report on the incident were in disbelief at the story.

Many couldn’t help but laugh at this unbelievable scenario.

“I bet the officers would respond more quickly if Team Rocket stole some kids from Pokémon.” – PsyQoBoy

“That wasn’t what the chief meant when he said, ‘Now get out of there and arrest everyone!!”– Tigertron

Jokes on the police The officers when I was a kid is that the police officers were too busy eating donuts at Dunkin Donuts Instead of catching criminals. 2022, the joke Too busy playing Pokemon instead of catching criminals.”– Cigar Error

“Wait until introduction time. You’ll see cops swimming around.”– Mason Kongley

“I think Snorlax was the last laugh.” – Boshwaggle Boskolsson

However, others did not find the matter laughable, with some expressing their horror that two police officers on duty would be so arrogant on the job.

Others noted that there are still police officers across the country who have not been fired for far worse crimes.

“If I were their defense attorney, I would have said that they did not shoot unarmed civilians from behind, and therefore they should be found innocent. Bad joke, I know, I know…” – GM

“Isn’t that bout of nothing, not only did they not respond to backup, but have the audacity to sue their jobs again knowing they were wrong! WTF?” – Earl Gray 007

“The right protectors….” – Keith Donovan’s Experience

“Gosh What did they do ?! “Deliberately or unintentionally ignoring the call, this is like a bad comedy show.” – Let’s go

“When Snorlax is more important than a thief.” – Dory N.

Twitter users also came out in droves to express their shock, disbelief and anger over the incident.

People were outraged that these two officers were being held accountable for their actions, while many others had yet to do so.






Lozano and Mitchell tried to argue that their dashcam footage was unacceptable and that they weren’t actually playing Pokémon Go, just talking about it.

But their offer was not accepted. The two were charged with multiple charges of misconduct, including failing to answer a call for a robbery in progress, making misleading statements to their leader and investigator, and, in fact, playing Pokémon Go on duty.

Court documents don’t help their case, reveal that the duo admitted to giving up their site in order to capture ‘Snorlax’

The petitioners admitted leaving the striking area on their feet in search of Snorlax, but insisted that they did so “both” as part of “extra patrol” and “to hunt this mythical creature.”

Greg Yacoubian, a lawyer representing the two officers, told NPR that his clients were “disappointed” with the outcome, but had not yet given up their fight.

“This case is important because [it] Important to hold management accountable for its compliance with its rules and policies.”

“In addition, it is important that the department is accountable and legally compliant with regard to how it conducts its internal investigations.”

“The ends do not justify the means”

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