A former University of California policeman who stirred public outrage by pepper-spraying peaceful student protesters has been awarded $38,000 in worker’s compensation for psychiatric damage he claimed to have suffered from the 2011 incident.

Then-campus police Lieutenant John Pike came to symbolize law enforcement aggression against anti-Wall Street protests at the time when 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.  Pike was suspended from his job at UC Davis and ultimately left the force in July 2012, but university officials did not disclose the circumstances of his departure, but they had asked prosecutors to look into possible criminal charges against the police officers involved in the pepper-spraying.  But the Yolo County District Attorney’s office determined there were no grounds on which to bring a case.

A scathing 190-page report on the incident found that university officials and UC Davis police used poor judgment and excessive force in the confrontation.  The university last fall agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of the 21 students who got sprayed and who later reported suffering panic attacks, trauma and academic problems as a result.

In June of this year, Pike himself filed a worker’s compensation claim with UC Davis over the incident, saying he suffered unspecified psychiatric and nervous system damage.  On October 16, the state Division of Workers Compensation Appeals Board agreed to resolve his claim by paying him a settlement totaling $38,055.

It was reported that Pike had earned more than $110,000 from his job in 2010, based on a database of state worker salaries.

Pike reportedly received more than 17,000 angry or threatening emails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters after the video of the pepper-spraying went viral.

Isn’t our justice system just wonderful…you have a rogue cop who takes his duties over the top and gets rightfully terminated.  He should have faced charges for excessive force, but the District Attorney’s Office failed to file charges.  Now, this same individual is awarded a monetary settlement because he claims to have suffered some kind of mental disorder due to his own actions.  No wonder California is economically bankrupt.

 

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