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UC Davis Police Officer In Pepper Spraying Out

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Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis Police has been placed on administrative leave for pepper spraying nonviolent protesters on November 18, 2011. (CBS)

Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis Police has been placed on administrative leave for pepper spraying nonviolent protesters on November 18, 2011. (CBS)

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DAVIS (CBS / AP) — A University of California, Davis, police officer who sprayed demonstrators with pepper spray during a campus protest last fall no longer works for the university.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a spokesman for UC Davis said Lt. John Pike’s employment with the university ended Tuesday.

Spokesman Barry Shiller told the newspaper that he could not discuss the details of Pike’s departure because of privacy rules.

When reached by The Bee, Pike declined to comment.

The 39-year-old Pike had been on paid leave since the incident last November when video images showed him and another officer spraying demonstrators who were seated on a sidewalk and refused police orders to disperse during an Occupy protest.

The images were watched online and on broadcast stations around the world.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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