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Aug 01 2013

Pepper Spraying Cop Wants Compensation

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.”

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  1. 1
    Abby Normal

    They say the first step to recovery is admitting everyone else has a problem.

  2. 2
    fyreflye

    +1 :-)

  3. 3
    alanb

    He supposedly received a lot of death threats and other forms of verbal abuse. While that can, indeed, lead to psychological trauma, and while I would never advocate abusing him in that manner, I find myself strangely unsympathetic to him.

  4. 4
    jamessweet

    Devil’s advocate: Remember, he is seeking compensation from the government, not from the victims or anything absurd like that. And can we really say the government bears no responsibility here? I suppose the question in my mind is to what extent his training prepared him for such an encounter, and whether said training might even have encouraged him to take the fateful actions that led to his “psychological trauma”. If the latter, then there’s an ethical case to be made here. If you train your employees to take sadistic actions that could lead to them being characterized in the way that Officer Pike has, don’t you bear some responsibility for the ensuing trauma?

    Not for nothing, but such a precedent might be the incentive that police departments need in order to start training their officers to behave better in these sorts of situations. If the department can point to policies that say “you really aren’t supposed to do that” and show that Pike had adequate training, then any psychological trauma he suffers as a result of being a sadistic prick is his own responsibility. But if the department inadequately trained him, or even worse, trained him to take such abusive actions, then perhaps they ought to compensate him — if for no other reason, than to serve as an example to other departments, that they better get their shit in order so they aren’t held responsible if one of their officers goes all Rambo.

  5. 5
    Modusoperandi

    Hmmm. I was wondering if they ever went followed up on the Stanford prison experiment…

  6. 6
    Modusoperandi

    Wups. What I meant to say was “‘The images became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement’? Typical. They see some people getting free pepper spray from the government and they all want some”.

  7. 7
    neonsequitur

    How about some of that “free pepper spray” for Pike? He earned it.

  8. 8
    savagemutt

    They see some people getting free pepper spray from the government and they all want some”.

    Right. I mean, didn’t some Fox talking head call it just “a food product”?

  9. 9
    caseloweraz

    Alanb: He supposedly received a lot of death threats and other forms of verbal abuse.

    That I can well believe, and it would likely be traumatic. But the quote says his “psychiatric injury” (odd choice of words) comes from the confrontation itself. Based on that I am not sympathetic.

  10. 10
    jnorris

    Bless John Pike’s little heart, the poor dear.

  11. 11
    feralboy12

    Right. I mean, didn’t some Fox talking head call it just “a food product”?

    I think the Reagan administration officially classed it a “vegetable.”

  12. 12
    freehand

    Must be another “everyone should take personal responsibility” conservative denying responsibility for the consequences of his behavior. Maybe he should go into politics next. Or at least the Fox News talk show guest circuit.

  13. 13
    exdrone

    With all that spraying, he can always use carpal tunnel syndrome as a fallback claim.

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