A gentle mist of money rained down on John Pike, the former UC Davis infamous for pepper spraying a peaceful group of Occupy protesters. On October 16th a judge approved a decent $38,059 settlement between Pike and the University of California. Why? Well, the former officer claims that he suffered "depression and anxiety" after receiving death threats.
A psychiatrist said he had a "moderate" disability due to the aftermath of the November 11 2011 event. The Davis Enterprise reports:
'This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers' compensation,' UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said in an email message. Sacramento attorney Jason Marcus, who represented Pike, declined to comment on Wednesday.
"Bernie Goldsmith, a Davis lawyer supportive of the protesters, said that the settlement 'sends a clear message to the next officer nervously facing off with a group of passive, unarmed students: Go on ahead. Brutalize them. Trample their rights. You will be well taken care of.'"
Pike, a former Marine, will also receive retirement benefits for his 11 years of employment. At the time he was fired, he was paid $121,680 annually.
The moment, which ended up going viral, came at the zenith of the Occupy movement. In the following video, you see Pike douse peaceful protesters with pepper spray. Scary stuff.