Anonymous Targets Pepper-Spray Cop
Group releases John Pike's personal details
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2011 3:20 AM CST
UC Davis police officer John Pike is shown in this photo provided by the university.   (AP Handout Photo/UC Davis Dateline, Dave Jones)
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(Newser) – The campus cop filmed pepper-spraying peaceful protesters at UC Davis has attracted the full wrath of the Internet. Lt. John Pike has not only been photoshopped into countless art images, he has become a target of Anonymous, the New York Daily News reports. The hacking collective has released the officer's personal details, including his cell phone number and home address. "We have no problem targeting police and releasing their information even if it puts them at risk because we want them to experience just a taste of the brutality and misery they serve us on an everyday basis," warns a message from Anonymous.

Pike, a former Marine, has won meritorious service awards at UC Davis, but he was also named in a lawsuit filed by a former officer, who accused him of using an anti-gay slur, AP finds. In 2006, he received an award for helping subdue a scissors-wielding UC Davis Medical Center patient who was threatening a fellow officer. Pike said he opted not to use pepper spray at the time because he didn't want to hurt his fellow officers.