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Ex-Cop In UC Davis Pepper Spraying Reaches $38k Settlement With School

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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)

DAVIS (CBS SF) – The former police officer who gained national attention after video surfaced of him pepper-spraying University of California, Davis students during an Occupy rally has reached a settlement with the university on a worker’s compensation claim related to the incident.

John Pike will receive more than $38,000 to settle a claim that he suffered depression and anxiety following the 2011 incident on campus, according to a report in the Davis Enterprise.

Pike will receive roughly the same amount as the individuals he pepper sprayed following a settlement with 21-plantiffs involved in the incident.

Pike was fired eight months after an investigation found that his action was unwarranted. Online videos of him casually spraying pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters went viral, prompting national outrage.

Hackers posted Pike’s information online. He received scores of threats that led a judge to rule against releasing the names of other officers at the scene.

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