From the Extraordinary Chutzpah Department: Remember John Pike, the police officer at UC Davis who was filmed pepper spraying Occupy protesters while they sat on the ground, restrained and defenseless? He’s now trying to get worker’s compensation for the “psychiatric injury” he allegedly sustained from the whole thing.
The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.
John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations’ website.
Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.
Online videos of him and another officer casually dousing demonstrators with pepper spray went viral, sparking outrage at UC Davis leaders. The images became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Apparently, being revealed as a sadistic thug with a badge causes “psychiatric injury.”