U.C. Davis' pepper-spraying cop awarded $38,000
- Former University of California Davis campus police Lieutenant John Pike was awarded $38,000 for psychiatric damage he said he suffered following a 2011 incident in which he pepper-sprayed student protesters.
- The total settlement of $38,055 is the result of a worker's compensation claim filed by Pike in June, though it includes no specifics regarding the psychiatric and nervous system damage he claims to have experienced.
- After footage of the incident spread, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Pike received 17,000 threatening emails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters.
Footage of Pike spraying the peaceful demonstrators in the face was widely broadcast on TV and the Internet, becoming a huge public relations nightmare for the school and a symbol of police aggression against Occupy protesters. Following the incident, Pike was suspended and finally left the school's police in July 2012, and the university settled a $1 million lawsuit filed on behalf of the 21 students last fall.
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