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DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.
John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations' website.
In the aftermath, the University of California agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators and the chief of the UC Davis police department resigned.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
In the aftermath, the University of California agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators ...
Some 21 protesters will receive $30,000 each. Most were students demonstrating against tuition hikes on Nov. 18, 2011. Another 38 people later came forward to make claims, 15 of which were approved to receive $6,666 a piece, the Davis enterprise reports.
UC will pay an additional $250,000 to cover the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and costs and $20,000 to cover the American Civil Liberties Union’s work as part of its effort to improve policies and procedures for handling protests.
The task force report on the controversial pepper-spraying of student protesters at the University of California, Davis concluded the campus police and administration made "critically flawed" decisions.
The report, released Wednesday, said Lt. John Pike's decision to use pepper spray on seated protesters was "not authorized by policy." They also said there were multiple instances of other campus police officers, who were unnamed in the report, that were able to calmly walk arrestees through the crowd to a patrol car without the use of force.
The task force also revealed that the type of pepper spray used was not an "authorized weapon of use" by UCPD.
Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
i would move to get the money from the cop himself, not the "city" (read: taxpayers).
a simple argument like "were you acting as a police officer when you sprayed those kids?" the answer might be long, and involve some back and forth, but he would have to admit "no".
at that point it could become a civil suit against him as a person, NOT an officer.