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Pepper Spray Cop Gets More Money Than His Victims

Pepper Spray Cop Gets More Money Than His Victims January 30, 2014

I’m sure you remember John Pike, the cop from UC Davis who pepper sprayed protesters who were sitting on the ground and (eventually) lost his job over it. He sued for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychologically from the incident. And he won. And got more money than any of his victims did.

In October 2013, the Division of Workers’ Compensation awarded him $38,055 for the suffering he is said to have endured following the incident…

Following the incident, Pike reportedly lived at various locations. He received thousands of angry emails and text messages after the hacking group Anonymous leaked his contact information. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pike was suspended with pay and earned $119,067 in 2011. He left the force in July 2012.

Earlier in 2013, after settling a federal lawsuit, the university paid a total of $1 million to the 36 people who were sprayed. Pike therefore received more compensation than each of the protesters he assaulted.

The man should be in jail. What he did was assault. The fact that he wore a badge does not change that fact.


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