Sacto 9-1-1
July 26, 2013
Pepper spray cop files workers' comp claim

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

John Pike, the former UC Davis police lieutenant who was fired after pepper spraying students during a November 2011 protest, has filed a workers' compensation claim stemming from the incident.

Neither Pike nor his attorney could immediately be reached today, but the state's Division of Workers' Compensation website indicates his claim is related to injury to his "nervous system/psychiatric."

A hearing on the claim is scheduled for Aug. 13.

Pike, a former Sacramento police officer, became the object of widespread scorn after video of him deploying the pepper spray went viral on the Internet. Court papers indicate that after his identity became known he was bombarded with 10,000 text messages, 17,000 emails and various food products and other items that were ordered in his name and delivered to his home.

An internal affairs investigation concluded Pike acted reasonably and should face suspension or demotion, at worst. But UC Davis Police Chief Matthew Carmichael rejected the findings and fired him, according to documents obtained by The Bee.

The pepper spray incident resulted in calls for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and several investigations.

The UC system later agreed to a $1 million settlement with students hit by the pepper spray, and the total cost of the incident is estimated at roughly $2 million.

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