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Game Of The Week

I am a bit out of touch with digital games, but Pokemon Go, a sort of augmented game played on mobiles involving people frantically searching the environs on the hunt for various Pokemon characters that they “just had to” collect.

In April 2017, two police officers. Lozano and Mitchell, from the Los Angeles Police Department were intently on the chase for Snorlax, when, rather inconveniently, a message came over their radio that there was a robbery happening at the local Macy’s store.

As the opportunity to snare a Snorlax does not come very often, they chose to continue their pursuit which was successful. They then had reports of a Togetic, which they pursued and captured. It was only then that they turned their attention to the robbery, which are, after all, ten a cent in Los Angeles.

Their employers took a dim view of their devotion to pursuing Pokemon characters rather than villains and after putting them on several disciplinary charges, eventually fired them, after their appeal failed.

So, they now have their cards, just not Pokemon ones.

Police Chase Of The Week


I blame it on Hollywood but my image of a police chase in Los Angeles is one conducted at high speed involving reckless driving, lots of bent metal, innocent bystanders veering wildly to get out of the way and, ultimately, the forces of good prevailing. But this image was put to rest this week with news of a slightly different chase that played out on the mean streets of L.A suburb, Alhambra. LAPD’s finest were called upon to give chase to a giant tortoise called Clark which had made a break for it and is thought to have reached speeds of up to 1 mile per hour. The sulcata tortoise weighing 150 lbs and thought to be around 18 to 20 years old was soon apprehended – not even a diet of burgers, pizzas and coke was too great a handicap for the boys in blue – but it did take two of them to manhandle the reptile into their car. Clark was taken to an animal centre where he was eventually reunited with his owner.