UC Davis Pepper Spray

This Is Wrong, and I’m Fuming Angry!

Lt John Pike Hoses Defenseless, Seated UC Davis Students with Pepper Spray
Lt John Pike Hoses Defenseless, Seated UC Davis Students with Pepper Spray

Mark wrote in July that Lt John Pike, the UC Davis cop who attained notoriety after he sadistically hosed down seated, peaceful protesters with pepper spray, jetting it directly down their throats and into their eyes, had applied for worker’s comp for the psychiatric injuries resulting from everyone in the world thinking he was a horrible, horrible person.

Now he has been awarded $38K by California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. He left his job (which paid nearly $120K), and has had to change addresses and phone numbers several times to dodge harassment from his detractors. Davis settled a lawsuit by the protesters he sprayed for $1M.

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.”

Source: Boing BoingUC Davis’s Officer Pepper Spray gets a $38K payout for mental trauma of being hated by the entire world

This asshole* should have been fired and then litigated penniless for his inexcusable actions! One source reports that Pike’s “settlement” was larger than the amount the individual students received who were victimized by his sadistic brutality as part of their settlement. I hope this man never has a moment of peace the rest of his life!

Andy-Lopez-CruzTwo Police Officers Kill 13 year Old Carrying Toy Gun

And then the San Francisco Chronicle reports today that two police officers in Sonoma County shot and killed a 13 year old boy, Andy Lopez Cruz, who was walking home carrying a toy gun that looked virtually identical to an AK-47 assault rifle. After shooting him multiple times as he turned around to see who was yelling at him, the officers actually handcuffed the dying child before doing anything to attempt to save his life.

This is an outrage on so many levels I won’t even begin!

I hope the officers are fired**. I hope the toy manufacturer is litigated out of business. I hope we Americans get over our god damned addiction to weapons, violence, and shoot-first-then-ask-questions mentality!

Oh, I forgot: the NRA tells us we need more guns in this country to be safe.

*I was sorely tempted to use the words that actually came to my mind to describe him.
**No, I don’t want to hear how hard their jobs are, and yes, they are incredibly difficult. They choose their work. It’s their choice. They are to be trained properly and then respond appropriately. This response was not appropriate, not justifiable in any way!