The photo of a University of California cop pepper-spraying students went viral solely due to the level of indifference shown by the officer. During a student protest, the officer pepper sprayed the students, slowly and deliberately, as if he were spraying his yards for weeds. Now that same cop has been awarded $38,000 for the mental anguish he endured as a result of his own actions.
Former campus police Lieutenant John Pike, who pepper sprayed peaceful student protesters, was recently awarded $38,000 in workers compensation for psychiatric damage he claims to have suffered as a result of the 2011 incident, confirmed the university on Wednesday.
Pike was suspended from his job in 2011 and left in 2012 after video footage showed him casually pepper spraying student protesters as they sat peacefully on the ground.
A report found that the university used poor judgement and excessive force during the protest and the 21 students who were sprayed were paid $1 million dollars to settle a lawsuit.
In June, Pike filed a workers compensation claim with UC Davis saying he suffered psychological injury and nerve damage, although the specifics of the claim were not released.
The state Division of Workers Compensation Appeals Board agreed on October 16 to settle the claim for $38,000.
“This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers’ compensation,” said UC Davis spokesperson Andy Fell in a written statement. “The final resolution is in line with permanent impairment as calculated by the state’s disability evaluation unit.”
Pike earned $110,000 from his campus job in 2010, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.