Police officers fired for ignoring LA robbery in progress to play Pokemon Go

Two officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) were fired for ignoring a robbery in progress to play Pokemon Go, according to recently released court documents.

The men, Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, lost their appeal against “multiple counts of misconduct” which had in part been based on a recording of them in the car.

The digital in-car video system (DICVS) recording “captured [them] wilfully abdicating their duty to assist a commanding officer’s response to a robbery in progress and playing a Pokemon mobile phone game while on duty”.

According to the court documents published on Friday, the incident occurred on a “busy” Saturday in April 2017 when a call came in about a robbery with multiple suspects in progress at a Macy’s department store.

Instead of responding to the call Lozano and Mitchell – who a commanding officer spotted in a police car “tucked back in an alley just feet away” from the Macy’s – started “to back up down the alley” away from the robbery.

In an initial investigation the officers claimed they could not hear the radio, but the commanding officer then reviewed the DICVS to “find out what they do on their average day”.