Lawsuit: Cop wins more than students he pepper sprayed

Lt. John Pike said he was able to look so casual while pepper spraying seated students because he's a professional. (AP Photo)

Lt. John Pike said he was able to look casual while pepper spraying seated students because he's a professional. (AP Photo)

It’s an unfortunate thing for humanity that karma does not exist.

If it did, the population of jerks walking the Earth would crash faster than healthcare.gov and people that do awful things wouldn’t be allowed to file lawsuits.

But a former University of California Davis police officer made infamous by pictures and videos of him pepper spraying seemingly harmless Occupy protesters sued and won more than the people he casually hosed down with chemicals.

Lt. John Pike, 40, was recently awarded $38,000 in worker’s compensation because he suffered from depression and anxiety due to public outcry after the November 2011 incident.

The students successfully sued the university for $1 million, or about $30,000 per affected demonstrator.

Millions of people that watched the YouTube video thought Pike’s actions were criminal, but fellow police officers (aka “internal affairs”) looked into it and said he acted appropriately.

Pike was put on paid leave from his $110,000-a-year job (not a typo) for eight months and then fired.

A university lawyer said Pike’s win sends a clear message to police officers: “Go on ahead. Brutalize [protesters]. Trample their rights. You will be well taken care of.”

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104 comments Add your comment

Les31

October 26th, 2013
9:40 am

Lucy, you are so scary! This Halloween you don’t need to dress up just go out as yourself and spout your authoritarian bull. You’ll be sure to scare anyone with a brain and attract other authoritarians. You and your authoritarian friends can then get paid a $100K to dress up in blue and roam the streets like zombies and use your pepper spray on those with a brain. Hey, maybe that is what Lt. Pike is doing in the video. I agree with Bernie31 and the university lawyer and your perspective scares the H&^% out of me.

Les31

October 26th, 2013
10:16 am

Dwayne Wrote: “I was not there, but if they were told to leave, and didn’t…they knew what was coming.”
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Dwayne, there is a constitutional right to peaceable assembly. If a cop doesn’t agree with the constitution and decides to pepper spray those that decide to exercise constitutional rights he is obviously terribly wrong and should be fired. I suppose that the defense attorney that allowed Lt. Pike get compensated was defender with little or no clout with the political legal system and are often plants so that the courts and prosecutors can do whatever they want. Because a decision came from a court has nothing to do with justice and the matter at hand.

Bumper

October 26th, 2013
12:10 pm

Policing is a tough job, those guys and gals have to deal with society’s most unsavory critters and be willing to put their lives on the line every day. But…idiots like John Pike irreparably sully everyone’s perceptions of the cops. Their superiors (”internal affairs”) and the courts need to understand that and come down hard on them. Hopefully this clown will never work in law enforcement again.

JDB

October 31st, 2013
3:34 pm

I can’t wait until you all need one of these “brutal, monsterous terrorists” and they’ll show up and still help you ungrateful souls because it’s their job.