UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop Wants Workers Comp for “Psychiatric Injury,” Court Orders School to Identify Other Cops Involved

make sure your psyche can handle itReason 24/7The image of a UC Davis police officer pepper spraying peaceful student protesters in 2011 quickly went viral, and now the cop who was fired over the incident wants a pay day because his identity became public.

From the AP:

The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations' website.

Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.

Meanwhile, a court has ordered UC-Davis to release the identity of the other police officers involved.

From the Daily Californian:

A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that the University of California must disclose the names of all police officers who were involved in the Nov. 18, 2011, UC Davis pepper-spray incident.

The 1st District Court of Appeal, ruling in favor of the Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee, contended that the Federated University Police Officers Association, citing confidentiality concerns, had failed to demonstrate that police officer identities were excludable from disclosure under the California Public Records Act.

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  • Debra Ramirez||

    my classmate's step-sister makes $72/hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for 5 months but last month her check was $15443 just working on the internet for a few hours. Here's the site to read more... w­w­w.c­n­n­1­3.co­m

  • JW||

    The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

    Fragile little snowflakes, cops are.

  • ||

    Yeah, he looks really injured as he casually pepper-sprayed sitting protesters. But what do you expect from a sociopath like that?

  • JW||

    People said mean things to him and he couldn't shoot them!

    I say give it to him, so long as he spends his disability in a mental institution. We want him to get better and to get back on the streets, protecting America from the scourge of immobile, non-violent protesters, once again.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Get this man the help he so desperately needs. Then put him on the federal "not-a-gun-registry" registry so that he never passes a background check again.

  • Sudden||

    Fragile little snowflakes, cops are

    The cops at my UCDavis alma mater's campus police department really are. Except for the wimminz, but I think they were always harder on me because they just turned on.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Cry me a river, sez I.

  • H. ReardEn||

    Self-inflected embarrassment and hurt feelings are claimed to result in a compensatable workplace psychiatric injury?

    I'm sure that the pepper-spraying incident does not disqualify him from employment as a LEO in another department or university. But after filing such a ridiculous claim, who on earth would ever hire him?

    I'm sure that he will prevail in his claim. It's not like the judgement would come out of the arbitrators pocket, so why would he care.

    Please keep us posted on the results of this settlement hearing.

  • Sudden||

    Self-inflected embarrassment and hurt feelings are claimed to result in a compensatable workplace psychiatric injury?

    Bienvenido al California! Tierra de uniones de la sectora publica!

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Pepper Spraying? Officer-of-the-Year candidate. How dare they find his use of chemical weapons against peaceful demonstrators unwarranted?

  • Another Kevin||

    Sloopy; you speak Quechua?

  • ||

    sloopy inca! HAAA!

  • ||

    That's how I always read it. Just because he was too lazy to put in a space is now reason for Reason to do that.

  • mr simple||

    It explains why he hates conquistadors so much.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    pepper spraying peaceful student protesters

    They attempted to isolate him from the baboon troop, causing him to panic. That hardly qualifies as "peaceful".

  • The Late P Brooks||

    the Federated University Police Officers Association, citing confidentiality concerns

    If state employees on duty acting illegally do not have a right to privacy, nobody does!

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Is that what FU stands for? I always thought it was something else.

  • ||

    Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.

    I assume we'll be presently hearing about how he was charged for assault.

  • Paul.||

    More likely how he was reinstated with back pay after Union arbitration got ahold of it.

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