Pepper-spray lieutenant appeals for worker’s comp


Cory Golden
Davis Enterprise
July 27, 2013

The former police lieutenant who became the target of worldwide ire after dousing Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, John Pike, is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming psychiatric injury caused by the Nov. 18, 2011, incident.

Pike’s case is scheduled for a mandatory settlement conference on Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the State Department of Industrial Relations website. If no settlement is reached, his case would go forward to trial or further hearing.

The Enterprise was not immediately able to reach Pike or attorneys associated with the case on Thursday. Both the UC Office of the President and UC Davis repeatedly have declined comment on police personnel involved with the pepper-spray incident, citing state confidentiality laws and university policy.

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