Two officers were fired from LAPD for ignoring robbery to hunt snoring in Pokemon Go – “I just wanted to hunt this mystical creature”

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I’m just here to present the facts:

VICE – Two Los Angeles police officers have been fired for ignoring an ongoing theft and instead attempting to catch a Snorlax in Pokémon Go, according to court documents released Friday.

According to the officers’ call, former LAPD officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were fired for “voluntarily abdicating their duty to help a commander respond to an ongoing robbery and playing a Pokémon mobile game while” he was in service ”.

They denied the charges. Where they had problems with this denial was when there was an audio recording and a video recording of the set.

Subsequent investigation of video and audio evidence showed Mitchell and Lozano discussed the response to the theft but decided not to. Moments later, Mitchell and Lozano were recorded saying that a “Snorlax… had just appeared .. at the 46th and Leimert”, and the two strategized on how best to catch the rare and gigantic Pokémon. .

“For about the next 20 minutes, [the in-car monitoring system] capture [Mitchell and Lozano] discussing Pokémon as they traveled to different places where the virtual creatures have apparently appeared on their cellphones, ”the court documents say.

Here is part of the transcript:

After Mitchell apparently overheard Snorlax exclaiming, the “I got them” petitioners agreed to “[g]to take the Togetic “and walked away.

When their car pulled up again, DICVS recorded Mitchell 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 indicated that he was “[s]until I try to grab it, “adding, Holy shit, man. This thing beats me for shit.”

Finally, Mitchell exclaimed, “Holy Crap. Finally,” apparently in reference to the Togetic’s capture, and he remarked, “The[ ] guys are going to be so jealous. “

The petitioners then agreed to return to 7-Eleven (where Sergeant Gomez later met them) to end their shift. Along the way, Mitchell remarked, “I bought you a new Pokemon today, man.”

Also, a little background:

For those of you who have had sex and aren’t too familiar with the world of Pokemon, I went ahead and did some research. According to “Bulbagarden”, who seems to be the authority on Pokémon information (this was the first result on Google), these are the two characters captured by officers Mitchell and Lozano:

Snorlax:

Snorlax is a huge dark blue-green Pokémon. Her body is made up mainly of her belly. Snorlax’s mass makes it the heaviest Normal type.

He only wakes up to eat, requiring 900 lbs. (400 kg) of food per day before returning to sleep.

He is not a picky eater, as his strong stomach allows him to eat even moldy food without feeling any ill effects. He can also eat while at rest.

Snorlax is docile enough to let kids and small Pokémon bounce off its big belly.

Snorlax can show awesome power when prompted. But he hardly ever moves; even in combat, he only slightly lifts his body and attacks by waving his arms and legs.

So basically Big Cat.

Togetic:

Togetic is a small, delicate bipedal Pokémon. He’s white with a red and blue triangular ring pattern on his body. He also has a relatively long neck and long legs and a pair of wings on his back, which gives him a vaguely angelic appearance.

As for Special Power: Togetic can sense kindness in the hearts of others and Pokémon.

In the officer’s defense, these two motherfuckers are apparently pretty hard to catch. And my limited understanding of the rules of the game is that you have to catch them. You have to catch them all.

So as a competitor I can definitely feel for these guys; they wanted to beat all the little assholes in their group chat, and when the opportunity arose, they jumped on it. 10-year-olds can be really mean.

But as a citizen who might get robbed at some point and really, really wants someone to show up instead of stalking an imaginary cartoon dinosaur, I have to say I love the example given here.

Although they were recorded explaining the entire encounter, as is often the case with police, Mitchell and Lozano lied about what happened, court records show. Both claimed that they were only catching “pictures” of Pokémon, not playing a “game”. They also claimed that Pokémon Go was not a “game” but rather was a “social media event” that was not “advertised as a game,” according to court records. Eventually, both admitted to attacking Snorlax because they wanted to “hunt this mythical creature.”

Regardless, the two former officers were fired, appealed the ruling claiming the LAPD violated their privacy while overhearing their conversation and lost their call on Friday.

PS

I have to say, I love the way this site features Pokemon like draft picks. I feel like watching it should come with a backstory trail of Mel Kiper gushing out of their intangibles and Greenie telling us that Tyranitar must have stepped over the corpses of his drug-addicted grandparents on his way to training at the high school.

Although they were recorded explaining the entire encounter, as is often the case with police, Mitchell and Lozano lied about what happened, court records show. Both claimed that they were only catching “pictures” of Pokémon, not playing a “game”. They also claimed that Pokémon Go was not a “game” but rather was a “social media event” that was not “advertised as a game,” according to court records. Eventually, both admitted to attacking Snorlax because they wanted to “hunt this mythical creature.”

Regardless, the two former officers were fired, appealed the ruling claiming the LAPD violated their privacy while overhearing their conversation and lost their call on Friday.

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