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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A California appeals court has upheld the firings of two Los Angeles Police Department officers who failed to respond to a robbery in progress and instead went searching for a Snorlax in the Pokemon Go augmented reality game.

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...Officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were being recorded by a digital in-car video system (DICVS) when they decided to catch a Pokemon after not responding to a robbery on Saturday, April 15, 2017, according to the California Court of Appeal ruling issued Friday. A board of rights found the officers "guilty on multiple counts of misconduct" based in part on the "recording that captured petitioners willfully abdicating their duty to assist a commanding officer's response to a robbery in progress and playing a Pokmon mobile phone game while on duty," the ruling said.

The former officers appealed, claiming the city "proceeded in a manner contrary to the law by using the DICVS recording in their disciplinary proceeding and by denying them the protections of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act," Friday's ruling said. A trial court denied the petition challenging the firings, and a three-judge panel at the appeals court unanimously upheld that decision on Friday. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-01-11 01:30 PM | Reply

I mean...Snorlax? Serious? Aw hell yeah!

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-01-11 01:49 PM | Reply

That story is actually pretty funny on several levels, one being the sheer stupidity of the officers for being so committed to the stupid game all the while knowing they are being recorded. They should be fired for their stupidity, not their ignoring the call. Stupid cops are the ones who are involved in stupid and often fatal cop stories.

#3 | Posted by jakester at 2022-01-11 03:48 PM | Reply

What was the Pokemon wearing?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-01-11 04:13 PM | Reply

"They should be fired for their stupidity"

That would really defund the police!

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-01-11 04:19 PM | Reply

@#3 ... They should be fired for their stupidity, not their ignoring the call. ...

imo, the focus upon the officers not doing their job because they apparently preferred to play a game was the correct focus.

What concerns me in this is the line from the article, "... the protections of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act,..."

What sort of protections does that Act provide?

In this instance, I'd proffer that the Judge gave an appropriate ruling.

But I have to ask, what is in that Act that the officers involved seemed to think protected them?

Do we really need to look at all of these ~Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Acts~ to see exactly the type of behavior being protected? And whether such protection benefits the police officers more than the public?

Qualified immunity - I'm looking at you.




#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-01-11 08:33 PM | Reply

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