“Pepper Spray Cop” files for workers comp, claims psychiatric injury

pepperspraycopGet out your tiny violins.  John Pike, the former policeman who became infamous after pepper spraying demonstrators who were seated on the ground, posing no threat, is now seeking workers compensation for the incident, alleging “psychiatric injury.”

From the Sacramento Bee:

DAVIS, Calif. — The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations’ website.

Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.

Online videos of him and another officer casually dousing demonstrators with pepper spray went viral, sparking outrage at UC Davis leaders. The images became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement…

In the aftermath, the University of California agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators and the chief of the UC Davis police department resigned.

Of course, this does give me an excuse to link to the great Pepper Spray Cop Tumblr.

 

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