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To Serve and Pokemon
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 10, 2022 11:20PM
‘ Officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were being recorded by a digital in-car video system (DICVS) when they decided to catch a Pokémon 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 on 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 Pokémon 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.

Lozano and Mitchell were on a nearby patrol when there was a radio call to respond to a robbery in progress with several suspects at a Macy's in the Crenshaw Mall. They later told their supervisor, Sgt. Jose Gomez, that they did not hear the call asking for backup at the mall, but the DICVS recording showed that they ignored attempts to reach them, the ruling said:

After communications made a second attempt to contact petitioners, Officer Lozano asked if they should "ask [communications] if there's a message." Officer Mitchell replied, "It's up to you. Whatever you think. I don't want them to think we're not paying attention to the radio." Lozano responded, "Aw, screw it." Petitioners made no attempt to respond over the radio when their unit was called.
Instead of going toward the scene of the robbery, the officers "moved backwards through the alley and turned away from the mall," the ruling said.

The hunt for a Snorlax allegedly began at 6:09 pm, five minutes after Lozano said, "screw it." ‘

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Re: To Serve and Pokemon
Posted by: RgrF
Date: January 10, 2022 11:32PM
That was trending on Twitter today - no mention of what happened to the hapless robbery victims who were ignored.
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