Protest — October 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Cop who pepper-sprayed UC-Davis students scores worker’s comp payoff bigger than students’ award from lawsuit


He was depressed don’tchya know

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John Pike, the UC-Davis university police officer who painted a line of seated, subdued students participating in an Occupy protest received a workman’s compensation payment last week to the tune of $38,059.

Apparently, he was depressed and suffering from anxiety after receiving death threats for his inhumane treatment of fellow humans. He was eventually fired for the obscene behavior.

As Business Insider points out, this is actually more than the students themselves received from their class action lawsuit:

UC-Davis had previously paid out $1 million to settle a lawsuit by the demonstrators that were pepper-sprayed by Pike, according to The Guardian.

That included $250,000 in legal fees and a $30,000 payout to each protester sprayed.

I don’t really even know what to do with this information. Why isn’t that man in jail? Workman’s comp? Are you KIDDING me?