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    'Pepper Spray Cop' Receives $38,000 Award

    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)

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    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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    by: john from: ny
    October 24, 2013 12:16 PM
    This award was ment to show the police there above the law. That in the future when marshal law is in place they will not be held accountable for there actions.

    by: dutchamsterdam.com from: Amsterdam
    October 24, 2013 12:00 PM
    That is unconscionable. This 'man' brought his problems upon himself by cowardly attacking innocent, defenseless citizens.Instead of being awarded damages, he ought to be prosecuted and, at the very least, fined. I trust he will never again be able to work in a comparable position.

    by: Ana from: New York, NY
    October 24, 2013 11:55 AM
    What????? This must be some joke!!!!!!!!!
    So, the cop who was a bully and pepper sprayed students gets money for doing so?? Why students didn't sue him ? He needs to lose his job and his pension for being a bully not get awarded for it! What jury gave him this money ?????

    by: aurum79 from: Houston
    October 24, 2013 11:51 AM
    The workman's compensation award is fair and correct. While the officer's actions were, in my opinion, ignorant, reprehensible and cowardly, we can't tolerate retaliatory mob justice or online harassment. We must be a nation of civility laws, and we must have integrity and high standards and act justly despite what our enemies do.

    by: Timothy Edwards from: United States
    October 24, 2013 11:40 AM
    He should pay the; people he sprayed,Not get payed.

    by: Pat from: NYC
    October 24, 2013 11:35 AM
    Those kids got what they deserved the occupy movement is so stupid!!
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    by: dutchamsterdam.com from: Amsterdam
    October 25, 2013 3:12 AM
    What you are saying is that any time someone does something that, in your eyes, is stupid, he or she deserves to be victimized by a coward in a position of authority.

    Did you skip history class?
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    by: Evan from: Detroit
    October 24, 2013 11:12 PM
    The occupy movement was a sham, largely ran by the democrats and even had support from billionaires lol. But they thought they were standing up for the less forunate, being a little ignorant does not mean you should be pepper sprayed like that. Also, it was a lot of spray he put on these students!
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    by: John from: Seattle
    October 24, 2013 12:02 PM
    Wishing evil on others and calling them stupid is a pretty full statement of your worth as a person.

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