Pepper-spraying UC Davis cop gets $38K worker’s comp

Former University of California, Davis policeman John Pike, who stirred public outrage by pepper-spraying peaceful student protestersduring a 2011 sit-in against tuition hikes, has been awarded just over $38,000 in worker’s compensation from the university for what Pike called psychiatric damage.
The ex-officer said he suffered mental distress after receiving more than 17,000 angry or threatening emails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters when the video of the pepper-spraying went viral.
Pike, then a campus police lieutenant, came to symbolize law enforcement aggression against Occupy protests such as the UC Davis demonstration after video footage widely aired on TV and the Internet showed him casually dousing demonstrators in the face with a can of pepper spray as they sat on the ground.

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Photo: Brian Nguyen/Reuters/Landov

Pepper-spraying UC Davis cop gets $38K worker’s comp

Former University of California, Davis policeman John Pike, who stirred public outrage by pepper-spraying peaceful student protestersduring a 2011 sit-in against tuition hikes, has been awarded just over $38,000 in worker’s compensation from the university for what Pike called psychiatric damage.

The ex-officer said he suffered mental distress after receiving more than 17,000 angry or threatening emails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters when the video of the pepper-spraying went viral.

Pike, then a campus police lieutenant, came to symbolize law enforcement aggression against Occupy protests such as the UC Davis demonstration after video footage widely aired on TV and the Internet showed him casually dousing demonstrators in the face with a can of pepper spray as they sat on the ground.

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Photo: Brian Nguyen/Reuters/Landov

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