Pepper-spraying former cop wants workers’ comp
July 26, 2013
A bullying campus cop who pepper-sprayed protesters at a UC Davis demonstration in 2011 has applied for workers’ compensation, claiming he was psychologically warped by widespread angry reaction to the resulting viral video. (San Francisco Chronicle)
John Pike was a lieutenant on the campus police force at the time of the incident, when a video depiction showed him walking up and down a line of sitting protestors and dousing each in the face with his pepper spray.
Pike’s name, address, and email were posted online after the clash, and he claims to have received more than 27,000 text and email messages, most angry and threatening.
He attends a settlement conference regarding his application Aug. 13, with the state Department of Industrial Relations.
Pike has been forced to move several times, he claims. He was fired eight months after the demonstration.