Two Los Angeles police officers were fired for ignoring a robbery to play Pokemon Go.
A judicial court confirmed the dismissal of the two agents who preferred to capture a Snorlax and a Togetic than the robbers of a Macy's.
Two Los Angeles police officers were fired for ignoring a robbery call to catch a character in a Pokémon Go game.
Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were asked to respond to an ongoing robbery with "multiple suspects" at a Macy's in southwest Los Angeles. Still, they did not respond to radio calls.
An investigation revealed that Lozano and Mitchell heard the call but chose to ignore it in favor of going after a nearby Snorlax, a Pokémon character.
A video system in the couple's car revealed that Mitchell managed to capture the Snorlax before the pair headed to where the Togetic Pokémon had been seen. On arrival, both Lozano and Mitchell managed to capture the Togetic.
The incident occurred in April 2017, but an appeals court revealed the details on Friday. Vice first reported on the case. Lozano and Mitchell were fired after an investigation, but they appealed. The court confirmed his dismissal.
Lozano and Mitchell's car footage captured the couple discussing Pokémon Go. In this augmented reality mobile game, users travel to different locations.
According to court documents, minutes after officers were asked to respond to the Macy's robbery, "Officer Mitchell alerted Lozano that Snorlax 'had just turned up in '46 and Leimert. '
The court reported: "After Mitchell caught the Snorlax, exclaiming, 'Got them,' the petitioners agreed to 'go get the Togetic' and left."
When his car stopped again, the digital video system in the vehicle recorded Mitchell saying, "Don't run away. Don't run away". At the same time, Lozano described how "he buried it and gave an ultra-ball" to Togetic before announcing: "I got it."
The court document reads how Mitchell claimed he was "'still trying to catch him,' and added: 'Shit, man. This thing is taking the Shit out of me. 'Eventually, Mitchell exclaimed, "Holy shit," apparently about the Togetic's capture.
The video system recorded Mitchell adding: "The guys are going to be so jealous."
The officers argued that the recording should not have been used in their disciplinary proceedings and said they had been denied the protection of the Law on Procedural Rights of Public Safety Officers. The court disagreed.
Bulbapedia.net, a community-based Pokémon encyclopedia, describes Snorlax as a "huge, bipedal, dark greenish-blue Pokémon with a cream-colored face, belly, and feet."
Togetic, says Bulbapedia, is a small flying Pokémon that can "feel good in other people."