January 26, 2022

Pokémon Go: Police fired for chasing Snorlax instead of robbers

The appeal court also rejected the case, saying the two former officers’ rights had not been violated.

Pokémon Go: Police fired for chasing Snorlax instead of robbers

Pokémon Go: Police fired for chasing Snorlax instead of robbers photo credit: BBC

According to court documents, two Los Angeles officers were fired for chasing a Pokémon instead of chasing fleeing robbers.

The officers were parked nearby when a radio call came in for officers to respond to a shop robbery however a review of their in-car camera footage showed that they were playing Pokémon Go and decided to chase after a Snorlax instead of providing back up.

The officers denied playing the game and claimed that they had not heard the call but they were fired after an investigation took place.

A board hearing into misconduct found the pair guilty of:

  • failing to respond to a robbery call
  • making misleading statements
  • failing to respond to the radio when contacted
  • playing Pokémon Go on duty
  • making false statements under investigation

During the court case the “petitioners admitted leaving their foot-beat area in search of Snorlax but they insisted they did so ‘both’ as part of an ‘extra patrol’ and to ‘chase this mythical creature’,” according to the court.

Their representatives had argued in-car recordings were not supposed to be used to record private conversations and should not have been used as evidence – but that was denied.

The pair then went to court, where their case was rejected.

The appeal court also rejected the case, saying the two former officers’ rights had not been violated.

Sources: BBC, MSN

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