A pair of police officers were fired for playing the popular game Pokemon Go while on duty. Instead of focusing their attention on real-life crimes, they played the Nintendo app and collected virtual digital monsters instead. Other states are considering whether or not to adopt similar policies regarding gaming in order to avoid distractions that could get people hurt during law enforcement duties.

Back in 2017, a pair of cops were fired for playing Pokemon Go on duty

The “police officer jobs” is a topic that has been in the news recently. A pair of cops were fired for playing Pokemon Go on duty, which was considered to be a distraction.

Good news, this wasn't a fad! (It was a fad.)

I believe we have have a candidate for “worst MMO criming” for 2022, or at least we would have if it hadn’t occurred in 2017 and just recently made it through appeals: A couple of LAPD officers were reportedly dismissed after they were caught playing Pokemon Go on the job and neglecting to react to a colleague’s call for assistance.

The two cops were apprehended by other officers after they failed to react to multiple calls (even from their own captain) for police support during a heist, according to the appeal verdict. The sergeant and a detective eventually looked into the duo’s car records and discovered that they were playing Pokemon Go and avoiding their responsibilities.

“After listening to the DICVS audio many times, Detective McClanahan got worried that petitioners were on duty the day of the incident playing ‘the Pokémon Go video game.’” Officer Mitchell informed Officer Lozano that ‘Snorlax’ had ‘just shown up’ at ’46th and Leimert,’ at around 6:09 p.m. (only five minutes after Officer Lozano said’screw it’ to checking in with communications regarding the robbery call). ‘Oh, you [know] what I can do?’ Lozano answered after observing that ‘Leimert doesn’t go all the way to 46th.’ I’m going to go down 11th and up Crenshaw. That’s the only way I can get to it.’ Mitchell proposed an alternate path before telling Lozano, “We have four minutes.” The DICVS recorded petitioners talking Pokémon as they traveled to various areas where the virtual monsters supposedly emerged on their phones for the following 20 minutes. Officer Mitchell informed Officer Lozano on their route to the Snorlax location that ‘a Togetic just showed up,’ adding that it was ‘[o]n Crenshaw, just South of 50th.’ Mitchell seemed to have captured the Snorlax and said, ‘Got ’em,’ so petitioners agreed to ‘[g]o fetch the Togetic,’ and drove away. ‘Don’t run away,’ Mitchell said as their automobile came to a halt again, according to the DICVS. ‘Don’t run away,’ Lozano said, while explaining how he ‘buried it and ultra-balled’ the Togetic before declaring, ‘Got him.’ ‘[S]till trying to catch it,’ Mitchell said, adding, ‘Holy crap, dude.’ This monster is torturing the very daylights out of me.’ Mitchell finally yelled, ‘Holy Crap.’ Finally, he said, ‘The[] men are going to be so envious,’ presumably in reference to capturing the Togetic. The petitioners then agreed to return to the 7-Eleven to conclude their watch (where Sergeant Gomez eventually met them). ‘I bought you a new Pokémon today, bro,’ Mitchell said on the way.

Officer Mitchell had been getting text messages and notifications from a Pokémon Go players group where ‘people [were] boasting about their scores,’” the officers first claimed to investigators.

“Petitioners also said that they did not play Pokémon Go while on duty.” They said they were watching a ‘Pokémon tracker’ app on their phone but weren’t really playing the game. Officer Lozano insisted that ‘catching’ Pokémon meant ‘capturing [an] image’ of the Pokémon on the tracking app to share with friends, while Officer Mitchell clarified that his statements about ‘fighting’ the Togetic meant’relaying that information to the groups on my app,’ adding that ‘the creature will fight occasionally in order to take the picture.’ They weren’t playing a game, but rather a’social media event,’ according to Lozano. Mitchell said that the app was not a game since it wasn’t “advertised as a game.” Petitioners confessed that they left their foot beat area in pursuit of Snorlax, but claimed that they did so “both” as part of a “additional patrol” and to “follow this mythological monster.”

The two were eventually dismissed for their actions, which included playing Pokemon Go on the job, lying, and shirking their responsibilities, which put their fellow police and bystanders in danger. The only reason we’re learning about it now is because the pair filed an appeal, claiming that they weren’t adequately represented during the original interrogations and that their car recordings should’ve been inadmissible. Those appeals were refused by the trial court and now by the appeals court.

This is why we can’t have pleasant things, yet to be honest, the sergeant and detective who chased these fools are wonderful people.


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