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Hacker Group Targets Pepper-Spraying Cop

November 23, 2011  | 

The Internet hacking group Anonymous has launched its latest attack on the UC Davis police officer accused of pepper-spraying students by posting a video online that lists his personal contact information.

In a 10-minute video attributed to the group, a computer-altered voice publicizes the home address, home telephone and cellphone numbers and email address belonging to Lt. John Pike, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: Campus Safety, Cybercrime, Pepper Spray, UC Davis Pepper-Spraying Incident


Comments (29)

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jdoe @ 11/24/2011 5:36 AM

I hope a full investigation into this occurs.. and the officer uses every avenue available to him, including civil remedies to bring those responsible for stalking (422 pc) harassment, and ANY acts perpetrated against him for the performance of his duties...

Spl.Investigator W L Chon @ 11/24/2011 6:10 AM

Two wrongs do not make 'right'.
As a lifelong PEACE officer, I can say I've known SOME officers who had been bullies in their private lives and use their badges as excuse to escalate a situation. IF this is the case here, personally I hope the victims sue both the officer and the department and take his pension and home. Since this is a public place, during normal hours, imagine if one of those non-violent protestors AFTER having been sprayed, pulled a similar cannister of riot strength Mace and returned fire doing the same upon the officer... thereby defending themselves. Unlawful escalation offers NO protection for the officer. 'Self defense' would have been a reasonable arguement. We are so trained against the overtly combative that we forget how to deal pragmatically with passive non-compliance.

Kyle in Waco @ 11/24/2011 6:56 AM

Whether one agrees with the officer's actions (which I do to some degree), any bird that publishes this personal information is as guilty, if not more so, than anything the officer did. This is an open invitation to harass, harm or kill him and his family. Quite a dirtball in my book. <><

Justice Pro @ 11/24/2011 7:24 AM

From what we saw on TV and what we heard these officers used very poor judgment even if..even if the students cursed at them. I would like to see to SOP or General Orders on the Use of Force, if this reached the level which call for the use of spray I would be surprised. I think and I hope that they file at Section 1983 suite against the University and the Officer. They will get BIG $$$$$$$. I don’t like to see Universities brought into court but they should have seen this comoing!

Laura @ 11/24/2011 8:37 AM

I'm not condoning the spraying of non-violet protesters with pepper spay. That issue is being addresses and will most likely result in many departments changing their SOP. BUT for a hacker group to post one of the officers information on-line is very wrong and can have devastating results. My information even though I am retired is non-published as is pretty much every other officers. I would be very upset if someone were to publish that information.

TimFromLA @ 11/24/2011 8:43 AM

Anonymous is going after Lt John Pike. They got his name, tel#, home address, and so on and posted it online. Like a good liberal (me...and they call Anonymous liberals), what Anonymous is doing is wrong. Bad Anonymous bad bad. But, keep in mind, the FBI can't find them and if they do, they are hacking outside the country where prosecution is nil.

Also, the LAPD FINALLY made arrests on Occupiers. Not one officer were hacked. Anonymous knew not to hack them because, they never went above and beyond. Yes there were upset Occupiers, but that is it. No more. Again, bad Anonymous. Bad bad. But going after them will be impossible SO, maybe this is they're way of justice. Who knows, but I know one thing, I would think before I do anything else...Policy or no policy.

Fed Cop @ 11/24/2011 9:39 AM

Paaalease you guys, it's OC for crying outloud, and it's the spray <10%. It didnt even bother them. They were warned to disperse or tbey were going to get srayed. The Lt also announced he was going to spray. They all covered up. They were uncomfortable for what 15 mins?

1% because I work @ 11/24/2011 10:04 AM

Come to my house and you would pray for pepper spray. These losers want the attention, they have no point, no integrity and contribute nothing to society. Hence the need to try and intimidate those who are trying to bring order.

Swat19 @ 11/24/2011 10:39 AM

If there are any I hope they come prepared to face an officer and those bound by the thin blue line to protect him...any takers? I thought not.

ET @ 11/24/2011 11:23 AM

It's a sad day when LEOs can't rightfully do their job and uphold the law without getting into trouble. Oh wait, it's here already. Nowadays, practically anything said/done by an officer is deemed "misconduct" or "excessive" by these radical liberals. I'm not one to support excessive force or police brutality, but these so-called "Occupiers" (and those who support them) seem to think they're entitled to break the law and disobey authority--and anyone who gets in their way gets crucified. Never mind the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens who have to deal with these idiots. Its our taxpayer dollars that are being spent on having to deploy officers to deal with these Occupiers and not to mention all the lawsuits and media BS that come about thereafter.
And for some hacker to post an officer's private contact information for so people can threaten/harass/intimidate Lt. Pike and his family in the privacy of their home is cowardly at best.

Tim @ 11/24/2011 12:52 PM

Please pass this on.  A terrible injustice is being done at UC Davis in the name of political expediency.  New information was brought to my attention that mysteriously had been omitted from the news coverage of the pepper spray incident.  That information leads me to believe the pepper spray was an appropriate use of force.  Based upon the media coverage of the incident I also was initially convinced the officers were wrong.  That new information shows that we're are being lied to and they were right.

The officers were indeed sent to the encampment to take down the tents on orders from Chancellor Katehi. Lt Pike and his crew responded to the quad and began their task. While doing so students came to them and physically tried to stop them from removing the tents. Those students were arrested and taken into custody.

The UC Davis officers were then surrounded by standing "observers" and students sat in their path. The students demanded the release of the arrestees in return for allowing the officers to leave.  Lt Pike went to each student seated in their path and informed them if they did not clear the path and allow the officers to leave with their prisoners force, including chemical agents, would be used to move them to allow the surrounded officers and their prisoner leave.  Lt Pike had a couple of dozen officers at his command but was surrounded by 200 chanting protesters.

View the youtube video here: http://youtu.be/MGagKL_tvS8

The students are clearly surrounding the UC Davis officers, chanting "Let them go," and then told the officers would be allowed to pass once they surrendered their prisoners. News coverage omits this part of the event leading viewers to believe the officers sprayed the students simply for sitting on the sidewalk and not moving.  The police officers are literally being held hostage in exchange for their prisoners.

Tim @ 11/24/2011 12:59 PM

Chief Spicuzza, Lieutenant Pike, and the other officer are now on "administrative leave" pending the outcome of an investigation.  It appears the outcome of the investigation has already been decided as Chancellor Katehi has been distancing herself from the officers and published a formal apology to the protesters calling the actions of the officers wrong.  The University has already dropped the charges against the students and has offered to pay their medical bills.

JAYKIRK @ 11/24/2011 3:03 PM

AS CALIFORNIA LAW COVERS ALL PATHS, WALKWAYS, TRAILS, ROADS, HIGHWAYS, ETC, ETC,; IT ALSO STATES UNDER SECTION 2800 THAT NO PERSON HAS A RIGHT TO DISOBEY A LAWFUL ORDER GIVEN BY A PEACE OFFICER OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE. ALL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND REMOVED UNDER ALL MEANS AVAILABLE TO THE PEACE OFFICERS AS ACORDED BY LAW.

WHAT THEY GOT THEY DESERVED.

chrisNYPD @ 11/24/2011 3:17 PM

Real cops who deal with real perps would never be caught doing something like that. What a joke.

Ps: beware of anonymous. They're no joke.

JAYKIRK @ 11/24/2011 3:23 PM

AS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA CONTROLS ALL TRAILS, PATHS, SIDEWALKS, ROADS, HIGHWAYS, ETC, ETC, ETC, THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE REMOVED AND ARRESTED UNDER SECTION 2800 OF THE CALIFORNIA CODE, WHICH STATES THAT NO PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO DISOBEY THE LAWFUL ORDER OF A PEACE OFFICER OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

END OF DISCUSSION, HAUL THEIR A-- OFF. THEY GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED.

AusFost1 @ 11/24/2011 3:30 PM

Agree with most of the comments. Publishing anyone's private details against their wishes is a crime. If he did anything wrong, he will answer to the authorities, just as the protesters will. No one is above the law, and that's what Anonymous have forgotten. It's not their job to be judge, jury and executioner. If they want to play those games, let's fire up the Star Chamber again.

wk0119 @ 11/24/2011 6:34 PM

I find it funny that the hacking group Anonymous will bully "Normal" organizations under the guise of exposing corruption wherever it is and when they went up against the mexican cartels, they gave up when the cartels threatened to kill some of their members.

searcher5 @ 11/24/2011 8:53 PM

So the students apparently are told not to block access. So they sit down, lock arms, and block access. The pepper spray is a lot less painful than having their arms pryed apart or the application of an Asp to break their grip, so to me, they got off lucky. If the old way of removing them was used, the press would have had an even bigger field day.

D. Marshall @ 11/24/2011 9:46 PM

PEACE officer? You need to decide which side you're on.

D. Marshall @ 11/24/2011 9:53 PM

Spl.Investigator W L Chon...
PEACE officer? You need to decide which side you're on.

JAYKIRK @ 11/25/2011 4:31 AM

THGE STAR CHAMBER-INDEED...BULLY...BULLY

JAYKIRK @ 11/25/2011 4:35 AM

GET THE STAR CHAMBER...IT SHOULD WORK...BULLY...BULLY

Tom Ret @ 11/25/2011 8:38 AM

Pepper spay was developed to give cops an option to force compliance and minimize the use of baton strikes or physical grappling with suspects. It seems that some people don't want the police to use any force and make excuses why these students should have been allowed to do their thing without repercussions. Rotator cuff injuries, bruising, and worse have resulted when officers have had to grapple to make arrests. Linking arms and using your strength to deter the police from handcuffing is not compliance. Anyone who says otherwise has obviously never had to make a physical arrest. Unless these students are dumber than fence posts, they should have known that the cops in riot gear were not there for a group hug and that the cops were going to use force if they didn't comply. The problem is not with the Lt. who did the spraying but our society that is degrading morally and lack of respect for the law and the law enforcer who has the unenviable job of enforcing laws. These students want everyone to respect their freedom to demonstrate but they lack any concern how their actions affect others. The Lt. was doing his job and he deserves to be backed by law enforcement. If the Lt. can sue this hacker group for harassment I hope he succeeds.

Tom Ret @ 11/25/2011 8:55 AM

typo in prev blog: spay should be spray

James Kojak @ 11/25/2011 8:57 AM

Right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the constitution. I didn't see anything more than peaceful protest by the students - so it seems to me use of pepper spray was unjustified. About the hackers - those guys should be thrown in jail.

Tom Ret @ 11/25/2011 11:45 AM

A quote from US Legal: "It is difficult to make general statements about when assembly rights are guaranteed and when they are not. Whether assembly is or is not guaranteed depends largely on where and when the assembly takes place as well as the specific restrictions that were placed on this right by government entities." So if you think that the right of assembly under the 14th amendment is an absolute, you don't know what you are talking about.

Randy Dixon Rivera @ 11/25/2011 3:41 PM

There are good Cops & bad Cops unfortunately most good Cops are quickly removed for living up to their oaths to the US Constitution & Civil Rights. The bad Cops follow orders without question. I'm thinking of 1938- 1943 as a good lesson on why Cops need to think for themselves more. However if this Cop wants justice he best skip going to the FBI here's why: American Justice or FBI cover-up? http://www.change.org/petitions/american-justice-or-fbi-cover-up

Concerned @ 11/26/2011 11:19 AM

I'm very concerned on why this country is the way it is...weak. The school was and is NOT a public place. It is a private school on private property. If it were a public place then everyone would have keys to all buildings and do what they wish. They were blocking a passage way and were directed to move, they refused. The officer did what he was told to do, move them. He used the most NON-leathal force available. He could have used what force was necessary to move them including physical force. You people need to read up on the law and the use of force officers can use and self defense. The officer was and is allowed to do what he did. If one of the stupid kids (who have nothing better to do in their life than protest) used force against the officer, he would be arrested for assault on a police officer. You complainers grow up and move on or move away. America was once a great country that knew respect for authority and others, now China is the #1 country in the world because of your weak minds and passive thinking. I am a police officer and sad at how people in this country have been and are raised. GROW UP AMERICA! Learn respect. Look at the 50's in America, great country, great people.

Jakecolt45 @ 11/26/2011 11:53 PM

Simple use of force basics: (1) What was the degree of force? Was it relative or equal to the percieved threat/s. (2) What was the level of injury? (3) Did the officer act in "Good Faith" with the objective being to "Maintain or Restore Order or Discipline", or did he apply said force "Malisciously or Sadistically"? (4) Use of force should be judged by an "Objective Reasonableness" standard. Chiefly, force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene at he time of the incident. (5) Did the officer utilize "approved" methods/tools of force within Department Policy, and possibly more importantly within existing law.

I personally could not answer this question, because I was not there.

As all Law Enforcement Officers understand, force is not always used to meet force, sometimes it is applied to prevent further injury. Where I work reasonable force is always applied to control persons or incidents to hopefully minimize injury to all persons involved.

Perhaps in the back of the officer's mind were the less than orderly visions of "protests", and or "protests" that became "riots".

Who knows what physical injury was prevented by using "OC" spray. I have used it, and it has been used on me. It is unpleasant, but it did not otherwise injure, maim, or cause my death.

I have been on the receiving end of each tool of force (except bullets) I am authorized to use. By so doing, I feel I have respect for their individual application.

Perhaps the real problem is when reviewed by lay person, Law Enforcement actions are often misunderstood, or seen as unnecessary/excessive.

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