Pepper-Spraying Cop Gets Workers' Comp: $38K of It
Which is more than the students he sprayed got in a class-action suit
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 24, 2013 9:14 AM CDT
In this Nov. 18, 2011 photo, University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif.   (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Wayne Tilcock, File)

(Newser) – Apparently, pepper spraying dozens of protesters who are sitting peacefully on the ground in front of you counts as a debilitating—and lucrative—workplace incident. Former UC Davis police officer John Pike has been awarded $38,055 in workers' compensation for the "continuous trauma" he suffered as a result of his infamous spraying fit, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The police union says Pike received more than 17,000 emails and 10,000 texts after his conduct went viral, forcing him to change his phone number, email address, and even physical address. (To say nothing of the horrors of being the target of a weird art meme.) A UC Davis spokesman says the payout "is in line with permanent impairment as calculated by the state's disability evaluation unit." It's more than the school paid to any of Pike's victims, who each received $30,000 in a lawsuit settlement.

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Oct 26, 2013 4:45 PM CDT
Workmen's Compensation is available for a work-related injury. The harm caused by this criminal officer is not a work related activity. This criminal officer acted outside the scope of his authority by engaging in conduct which was not commensurate with the intended goal, namely the moving of the persons sitting-in. Had this criminal officer engaged in an activity related to moving the sit-in students and gotten hurt as a result, then that would be a different story. Pepper spray is intended to stop an attack by causing harm. What we have here is students sitting down who are not attacking or lunging at the officer.
Oct 26, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
that is THE MOST asinine ruling that I have ever heard of!
Oct 25, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
And to think that you are all running loose ! Does your keeper know you are loose in the front yard ?