Bloomberg Law
Jan. 7, 2022, 10:52 PM

LAPD Officers Fired For Playing Pokemon During Robbery Lose Suit

Maeve Allsup
Maeve Allsup
Legal Reporter

Two former Los Angeles police officers, who were recorded playing Pokemon Go instead of responding to a robbery, failed to convince an appellate court Friday that the recordings were wrongly used in the decision to fire them.

Officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were in the vicinity of the Crenshaw Mall when a radio call reported a robbery in progress and attempted to call the two officers to the scene. A digital in-car video system recording revealed that they heard but ignored the call, and instead drove around catching virtual Pokemon on their phones, including a “Snorlax” and a “Togetic.” ...

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