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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

John Pike, Pepper-Spraying Cop, Gets Big Payout From Depression Claim

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

click to enlarge Lt. John Pike douses an innocent My Little Pony for unknown reasons
  • Lt. John Pike douses an innocent My Little Pony for unknown reasons

How could you forget this guy? That's Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis cop whose pepper-spraying antics earned him an unemployment check as well as plenty of colorful Internet memes.

And that's not the only thing he earned.

According to press reports, Pike was awarded a $38,000 check in a settlement claim stemming from the 2011 Occupy protest on the UC Davis campus. Pike was caught on video dousing a group of protesters linking arms in a peaceful demonstration during the Occupy rallies across the nation.

The video went viral, sparking another round of outrage across America; students filed lawsuits, and the hack attack group Anonymous went after the veteran cop, posting his personal information on the internet. Eight months later, Pike was fired from his campus gig. Not surprisingly, Pike claims the incident caused him severe anxiety and depression, leading to the worker's compensation claim.

Pike was reportedly awarded the same amount of money that went to the plaintiffs in the case, CBS News reports.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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