UC Pays $38,055 to Officer Involved in Pepper-Spray Incident

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A former UC Davis police officer who received worldwide notoriety for pepper-spraying campus protesters two years ago will receive $38,055 in workers’ compensation after claiming he suffered depression and anxiety as result of the public outcry.


A sign with a picture of a pepper spray canister is posted on a tree during a demonstration at UC Davis. (Credit: Getty Images)

John Pike, who had filed for the compensation from the University of California system, also cited the stress he endured from death threats he received after the incident. Pike was fired in July 2012, after being on paid administrative leave for eight months.

“This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers’ compensation,” UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said in a statement.

The settlement, first detailed by the Davis Enterprise newspaper, was approved by an administrative law judge last week. A psychiatrist in the case rated Pike’s disability as moderate and said the former officer faced “significant emotional upheavals,” according to the newspaper.

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