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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