Former UC Davis police lieutenant receives $38,000 workers’ compensation settlement

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Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray on demonstrators protesting at UC Davis.

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The former UC Davis police lieutenant who pepper-sprayed student protesters at a November 2011 Occupy demonstration will receive about $38,000 in workers’ compensation.

On Oct. 16, Joel Harter, an administrative law judge, approved a $38,059 settlement between John Pike, 40, and the University of California, according to News 10 ABC.

“This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers’ compensation,” said UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell in an email message to the Davis Enterprise.

Pike filed for workers’ compensation June 27, stating he suffered “psychiatric injury” — including depression and anxiety — due to his treatment after the incident. After eight months of paid administrative leave, he was fired from the UC Davis Police Department in July 2012.

In January, U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez approved a $1 million settlement, ending a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the demonstrators who had been pepper-sprayed at UC Davis.

The university agreed to pay $30,000 to each of the 21 plaintiffs, a total of $250,000 to their attorneys and a total of $100,000 to 15 other claimants.

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