Oh, California

by William Schuth in

Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that former University of California, Davis Police Lieutenant John Pike, the officer infamous for his attack on student demonstrators, has been awarded a workman's compensation claim by California's Division of Workers' Compensation Appeals Board:

The claim "resolves all claims of psychiatric injury specific or due to continuous trauma from applicant's employment at UC Davis."

The incident that resulted in the $38,055 settlement happened Nov. 18, 2011, on the UC Davis quad during a demonstration opposing tuition increases. On the widely circulated video, Pike is seen dousing protesters for about 15 seconds with orange pepper spray.


More than 17,000 angry or threatening e-mails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters were sent to Pike after the video went viral, according to the police union.

Pike repeatedly changed his phone number and e-mail address and lived in various locations. He left the campus police force in July 2012.

In a statement, UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said, "This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers' compensation. The final resolution is in line with permanent impairment as calculated by the state's disability evaluation unit."

Earlier this year, UC Davis settled a federal lawsuit by paying $1 million to three dozen protesters who were pepper-sprayed.

I'm not particularly good at math, but $1,000,000 divided by 36 people puts the average settlement for one of the students Pike attacked at $27,777.78, or $10,277.22 less than Davis was awarded in compensation for his attack.

Nice work if you can get it, I guess.