California Compensates Officer Involved in UC Davis OC Incident
October 24, 2013
Photo: Police file
A former University of California Davis police officer who received worldwide notoriety for pepper-spraying campus protesters during the Occupy movement two years ago will be receive $38,055 in workers' compensation after claiming he suffered depression and anxiety as result of the public outcry, the Los Angeles Times reports.
John Pike, who had filed for the compensation from the University of California system, also cited the stress he endured from death threats he received after the incident. Pike, a former lieutenant with the UC Davis Police was fired in July 2012, after being on paid administrative leave for eight months.
“This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers' compensation,” UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said in a statement.
UC Davis Pepper Spraying After Action Report
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Ray @ 10/25/2013 2:41 PM
Only in the usa will police officers get paid for doing for the most part nothing. Or like spraying people in the face They over did it in this case.. And now they are claiming they deserve workers . comp.
John @ 11/29/2013 2:10 AM
Amazing how this hero is still being vilified. I remember watching an interview with a student after the incident. She was very pretty, there was neither scar nor injury on her face. She likened her "struggle" being pepper sprayed to the same Civil Rights riots. I found this to be funny, because this beautiful girl who didn't have a scratch on her from the pepper spray probably would have had her face bit off by a police K9 back in the riot days.
Times are different now. John Pike managed to use a less-lethal option to prevent physical force being used, and people fail to see that and call his actions unjustified.
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