The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently made news for a heroic rescue of a downed pilot.
Officers dragged him out of his plane that had crash landed just seconds before a speeding city train smashed it to bits.
Yet, things aren’t always so heroic at the LAPD.
As the debate over gun violence and police use of force continues, it’s important to be honest. Things aren’t always so dramatic and full of life-and-death situations on the police force.
Sometimes they’re just downright silly.
This example comes out of the LAPD where two officers have been dismissed after they ignored an ongoing robbery to play the Pokemon Go! video game on their phones.
Officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell have been fired from the LAPD.
They ignored a robbery that was going on in order to catch a rare type of creature in the Pokemon Go! video game they were playing.
A robbery was going on and another officer called over the radio for them to respond as soon as possible.
The robbery was taking place at a large department store downtown and had more than one suspect endangering people. The other officer badly needed help.
Lozano and Mitchell weren’t interested. They were in their patrol car actually only several meters away from the store where the robbery was happening.
Yet, instead of responding, they kept playing Pokemon on their phones.
The incident happened in 2017, but has been working its way through the legal process of the LAPD since then, as the officers have faced the consequences of their actions.
They are now no longer LAPD officers.
— Steven (@ItsRecTimeMedia) January 11, 2022
Recording Exposes the Truth
These two cops said they couldn’t hear the request for backup, but a recording inside the car shows them saying they’ll ignore it and play Pokemon Go! instead.
Then, they drive around to other places for about half an hour, looking for a rare creature called a “Snorlax” on the imaginary phone application.
It’s not clear what happened at the robbery, but the two officers were recorded being very excited about their silly game.
They were congratulating each other after catching another rare find called a Togetic Pokemon. They commented how the other officers back at headquarters were going to be “so jealous” about their rare find.
Maybe these folks can find a new job as YouTube influencers, because they definitely don’t belong as police.
LAPD officers fired for catching a Snorlax instead of a burglar denied appealhttps://t.co/obyQsbVKkq
Squad car recordings caught the officers playing Pokémon Go instead of responding to a request for backup
— Michael Zinchenko (@AkaTigra) January 11, 2022
The Bottom Line
This story happened a few years ago when Pokemon Go! was at the height of its popularity.
Yet, it’s still a popular game and people are on their cell phones more than ever. In fact, numerous car accidents and deaths have been caused by games like this.
The bottom line is before people go blaming guns for everything bad that happens, remember many people carry something else which can be extremely distracting and dangerous as well: their cell phones!