The Officer Who Famously Pepper Sprayed A Group Of Students Was Awarded $38,000 In Emotional Damages
Yeah, that sounds about right. Lt. John Pike who, two years ago, lit up your Facebook and Twitter feeds by pepper spraying a group of student protesters was first suspended for 8 months with pay and, after receiving thousands of angry emails, text messages and letters, resigned from the UC Davis campus police in July 2012. In case you missed the hubbub in 2011, here’s how it all went down:
Pike has now been awarded $38,055 by California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board for “psychiatric injury specific or due to continuous trauma from applicant’s employment at U.C. Davis.” Sure that’s just a fraction of what he made in 2011, the year he blasted a group of seated students with pepper spray. (He made $119,067 that year.) But how can we put a price tag on peace of mind? So rest easy with your award, Pike. You definitely earned it.
Joanna Robinson went to UC Davis so, in the interest of full-disclosure, go Aggies?