Assaulting peaceful protesters with pepper spray can be awfully stressful, and John Pike certainly knows it better than most. Now a judge has awarded $38,000 to the former University of California cop filmed discharging his weapon on Occupy demonstrators.
Administrative Law Judge Harter has approved a workers’ compensation settlement totaling $38,059 between UC Davis and Pike, a former Marine-turned-campus law enforcement lieutenant, according to Yolo County’s Davis Enterprise newspaper.
Pike was infamously caught assaulting a group of protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement during a standoff with police in November 2011. Video footage of the incident went viral and Pike quickly became the main subject of meme-worthy ridicule around not just the small Sacramento, California-area community, but the Internet at large.
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