Police officers in Ohio are being disciplined for playing Pokémon Go instead of attending to a robbery call. The game turned out to be an effective distraction and even though the situation was solved, it deeply damaged public trust.
Officers Caught Playing Pokémon Go Instead Of Going To Robbery Call Lose Appeal. A man was robbed at gunpoint, but the officers who responded to the call were playing Pokémon Go instead of going to the scene. The police department has since lost their appeal and will not be allowed to use the footage in court.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (CBSLA) – Two former LAPD officers lost their appeal appealing their firing for failing to attend to a robbery in 2017 while playing the mobile videogame Pokémon Go.
“This case is significant because it is vital to hold the Department responsible for its own laws and standards,” said Gregory G. Yacoubian, the attorney for the two officers. “It’s also critical that the Department be held responsible for how it conducts its internal investigations in accordance with the law.”
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After failing to react to a heist because they were playing Pokémon Go, two Los Angeles police officers were dismissed. (Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket through Getty Images) )
Former officers Luis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were dismissed from the police, according to court filings, after their cruiser’s dashcam captured them playing Pokémon Go instead of responding to their supervisor’s request for help during a heist at the Crenshaw Mall.
According to Lozano and Mitchell, the City of Los Angeles breached the law when it recorded the former officers without their consent, and they feel it violated their rights under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.
According to court records, the two former cops were assigned to the Crenshaw Corridor and Leimert Park area on Saturday, April 15, 2017, when the robbery in progress call came in. Captain Darnell Davenport, the commanding officer of the two petitioners, reacted after hearing a radio report saying many suspects were stealing a Macy’s in the Crenshaw Mall while on route to a murder scene.
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At the time of the call, Davenport saw a police vehicle parked in an alley on his right, close to the Macy’s. He opted to attend to the robbery call personally since he didn’t see the police vehicle respond to the call. He also informed dispatch that he was headed to the site. According to court filings, Davenport observed the police vehicle “back up down the alley,” then depart the area after turning left.
According to the watch commander’s board at the time, Sergeant Jose Gomez verified that Lozano and Mitchell’s vehicle was meant to be stationed at the Crenshaw Corridor. Gomez tried to contact the two former police, asking that they go to the robbery call and serve as backup for Davenport, but received no answer.
Gomez afterwards contacted dispatch to inquire about the previous cops’ reaction. The two policemen did not react, according to dispatch.
Later, when Gomez questioned the two officers about the event, Mitchell said that he did not hear the call for support, while Lozano stated that he heard Davenport react to the Crenshaw Mall but did not hear the call for backup. Because of the loud music playing in the park, the two policemen said they couldn’t hear the radio.
Gomez forgave Lozano and Mitchell, but was dissatisfied with their explanations and chose to check the dashcam in their cruiser. The video footage not only proved that the two cops in the cruiser seen by Davenport were there, but also that they heard the call. Before backing into an alley, the two former cops debated whether they should assist Davenport, at which point Lozano said, “I don’t want to be [Davenport’s] assistance.”
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They also said “Snorlax,” a Pokémon, emerged at a nearby junction, according to the clip. As they drove about, the police spoke about Pokémon in the hopes of catching some of the many Pokémon in the region.
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