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'Pepper Spray Cop' Receives $38,000 Award

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A University of California Davis police officer pepper sprays students during "Occupy UCD" demonstration in Davis, California, November 18, 2011. (Reuters)

A University of California Davis police officer pepper sprays students during "Occupy UCD" demonstration in Davis, California, November 18, 2011. (Reuters)

A University of California, Davis, police officer made infamous by pepper spraying Occupy protesters will receive a $38,000 worker’s compensation award from the university.

The settlement was reached October 16 between John Pike and the university.

Pike, 40, said he suffered depression, anxiety and death threats after the November 18, 2011 incident. A video of the confrontation, in which Pike doused a group of seated, peaceful protestors with a large can of pepper spray, went viral.

After that, Pike became a target for online harassment by the hacker group Anonymous, which published his contact information, including home address.

A university spokesman said the agreement was resolved in accordance with state law. The award was comparable to what the sprayed students received.

After the incident, Pike was placed on administrative leave, and eight months later, he was fired.

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