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UC Davis Police Chief Overrules Panel, Fires Pepper-Spray Officer

August 03, 2012  | 

UC Davis Police Chief Matthew Carmichael rejected a review that found Lt. John Pike should have faced demotion or a suspension at worst for his involvement in a pepper-spraying controversy that took place on campus in November. Instead, Pike was fired.

An internal affairs investigation found that Pike had acted reasonably, the Sacramento Bee reports. However, Chief Carmichael wrote in a letter to Pike that "the needs of the department do not justify your continued employment," according to the documents.

Pike had repeatedly warned protestors that they would be pepper-sprayed if they did not disperse, and that "the police officers were fully encircled by protesters who had locked arms and would not let the officers exit," according to the report. He also voiced concerns about the plan to remove protestors and felt that the operation should be called off.

Related:

UC Davis Pepper Spray Officer Says He Was Fired

Tags: Campus Safety, UC Davis Pepper-Spraying Incident, Police Chiefs


Comments (7)

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Doug M. @ 8/6/2012 4:43 PM

Another expensive settlement will arise from this command decision. No basis for it. Shameful.

RAL @ 8/6/2012 6:07 PM

Way to go Chief! Sell out your officers in the interest of public (student & academia PR.

Tom ret @ 8/6/2012 6:09 PM

It is obvious that this chief has no respect for his men or empathy for the job that they are doing. I wouldn't be surprised to see a vote of no confidence in the future against this chief and well deserved.

Morning Eagle @ 8/6/2012 6:57 PM

"Chief" Carmichael is that in name only and does not deserve to be addressed as such. "the needs of the department do not justify your continued employment" is much more applicable to carmichael than to Lt. Pike. What a CS POS!

john bauer @ 8/7/2012 2:10 AM

Chief Carmichael is obviuosly a political coward; not a real cop but a backstabbing politician who happens to wear a badge. Law enforcement has no need for poor 'leaders' like Chief Carmichael who will not stand behind their officers and will throw them to the wolves in order to be politically correct and to curry favor and be popular with the news media and the university administration.
A real leader would stand behind their officers in a situation like this but Chief Carmichael, being the poor leader and coward that he is, fails his officers and department miserably to be politically popular. I like to think that politicans like Carmichael get sent to a special place in Hell come judgement day when they meet their Maker who only cares that you do the right thing NOT the politically popular thing.
Chief Carmichael - WHAT A COWARD!

Don S. @ 8/7/2012 6:50 AM

WOW! What happened to "leadership by example". This Chief appears to be inadequate. Maybe he needs to step down. I'm sure the moral is high among the men. Most unfortunate.

Dan @ 8/7/2012 8:42 AM

Lt. Pike expressed doubt about the plan (Carmichael's?) but followed the plan. They are surrounded and placed in a threatening position. Now he is the one thrown to the political wolves. Pike ought to be the chief. I could work for a man like that.

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