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Calif. Pepper-Spray Officer Claims Psychiatric Damage

July 29, 2013  | 

Screenshot: POLICE file
Screenshot: POLICE file
Former University of California, Davis, Police Lt. John Pike is claiming he suffered psychiatric and nervous system damage as a result of a video-taped incident showing him pepper spraying Occupy protesters.

Pike, who was fired from the department, filed the workers' comp complaint last month, reports Reuters.

Prior to deploying the pepper spray in November 2011, Pike repeatedly warned protestors that they would be pepper-sprayed if they did not disperse. He also voiced concerns about the plan to remove protestors and felt that the operation should have been called off.

A non-law enforcement committee stated in its after-action report that there were numerous lapses and errors made by campus administrators and officers, concluding the incident "should and could have been prevented." The Reynoso Task Force Report blamed Chancellor Linda Katehi, Chief Annette Spicuzza, and Pike for mishandling the removal of Occupy protestors and their tents from the campus.

The report also took aim at the police operation. Most notably, the report claimed the use of pepper spray was "not supported by objective evidence" and the MK-9 aerosol canister had not been authorized for use by officers.

While acknowledging the officers' concerns that they were surrounded by a hostile mob, the task force said the situation escalated because no arrangements had been made to transport arrestees from the quad. The report criticized Pike for his actions, including stepping over seated protesters to "get to their faces."

Comments (5)

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Lenny @ 7/29/2013 11:23 PM

"Police Lt. John Pike is claiming he suffered psychiatric and nervous system damage as a result of a video-taped incident showing him pepper spraying Occupy protesters"

Real simple solution Don't pepper spray peaceful protesters. It' all on you. Only a cop could show such a level of entitlement for self and indifference toward others.

Chief John @ 7/30/2013 6:26 AM

What a joke! That is as bad as the Asst. Chief who filed for a disability after he was fired for having a 17yr old girl disrobe in the police garage so he could hose her off for being maced earlier. He had a sudden disability , but could return to full duty if he was reinstated. Scammers, that is why our retirements get jacked and benefits get decreased as cost climbs.

[email protected] @ 7/30/2013 10:44 PM

lenny,stuff it. Go back to whatever rock you crawled out from. Blues, Stay Safe.

Lenny @ 7/31/2013 1:13 AM

[email protected], No, I'm staying right here and with the news of the last couple of days I will be busy. If you don't like it try shooting the internet or use a taser on your computer. You just keep on agreeing with everybody on here and blaming Obama for everything. Try once to have a meaningful comment.

Pepper Spray Store @ 8/1/2013 1:41 PM

Pepper spray is suppose to be used for self defense not offense. Shame on this officer.. He gets everything he deserves!

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