NYPD Pokémon Go Controversy: Facts And Photos

A viral video allegedly showed four NYPD policemen playing Pokémon Go while on duty.

NYPD Pokémon Go Video

NYPD Pokémon Go Video, captured in Queens

The video shows four officers from Far Rockaway, Queens discussing Pokémon Go while on duty. They were near Boardwalk and Beach Ninth St., which is a Pokestop within the game where players can capture Pokémon monsters and refill items for their in-game characters.

Zoli Honig, 27, recorded the video.

He told one of the officers, “There’s a wild Pikachu,” then asked them, “have you seen him?”

The officer responded, “I caught it already.” Another officer said, “I didn’t catch one yet.”

NYPD Investigation

NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he would investigate the situation to see if the officers were really playing Pokémon Go. Speaking to reporters, Bratton said, “We’ll take a look at that as to whether there was inappropriate behavior on their part.” He added, “That craze is one of the stupidest ones that I’ve seen. Don’t understand it… don’t intend to understand it. It has no appeal to me.”

An NYPD spokeswoman said the police were not at the spot to find Pokémon: “They were on a directed patrol after we received several 911 calls about youths throwing rocks at cars.”

About Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a mobile game in which players chase and catch Pokemon monsters using their phone to interact with the real world, using the phone’s built-in GPS function. The game has become wildly popular, with the app on the iTunes store and Google Play store surpassing apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.

Millions of players have been using the app, forced to leave their homes to get points and control so-called “gyms” within the world of Pokémon.

Pokémon was also a popular anime television series, card games, and featured in numerous video games, especially on handheld Nintendo systems.