Ex-UC Davis Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Protesters Reaches Worker's Comp Settlement

Image of John Pike and another officer casually dousing demonstrators with pepper spray went viral and became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement

By Associated Press
|  Thursday, Oct 24, 2013  |  Updated 9:08 AM PDT
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Ex-Cop in Campus Pepper-Spraying Reaches Worker's Comp Settlement

The pepper spraying was captured on cell phone video and went viral on YouTube.

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The former University of California, Davis police officer who pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters has reached a worker's compensation settlement with the university system.

A judge on Oct. 16 approved the $38,059 settlement between John Pike and the University of California.

VIDEO: Police Pepper Spray Peaceful UC Davis Protesters

"This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on worker's compensation," university spokesman Andy Fell said in an e-mailed statement. "The final resolution is in line with permanent impairment as calculated by the State's Disability Evaluation Unit."

The 40-year-old former officer said he suffered depression and anxiety after death threats were sent to him and his family over the Nov. 18, 2011 event.

Video of Pike pepper-spraying the protesters went viral online.

His address and other personal information were posted online afterward, and he received scores of death threats.

Pike was fired in July 2012 after eight months of paid administrative leave.

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