Deny Worker’s Compensation to Officer Who Attacked Students

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Target: Joel Harter, District of Worker’s Compensation Presiding Judge

Goal: Prevent officer who assaulted students during a protest from receiving worker’s compensation

John Pike, the UC Davis Police Lieutenant who pepper sprayed students who were sitting down at a protest is now seeking worker’s compensation for what he claims is a ‘psychiatric injury.’ After an eight-month investigation into his actions, a task force found his actions unwarranted and he was fired from duty. The Chief of UC Davis police resigned, and the University of California settled a $1 million dollar lawsuit filed by protesters against the police. After all of this, Pike wants money of his own.

The incident at Davis became a poster for the Occupy movement, highlighting the aggressive nature of police towards peaceful protesters nationwide. The public outrage was severe: hackers found Pike’s information, which lead to numerous death threats and a ruling by a judge that prevented the names of other officers at the scene from being released. Hacker group ‘Anonymous,’ which was responsible for Pike’s information stated that “We have no problem targeting police and releasing their information even if it puts them at risk because we want them to experience just a taste of the brutality and misery they serve us on an everyday basis.”

Former officer Pike does not deserve any compensation. As you can see in the video, the students were sitting peacefully and presented no threat to the officer, yet he casually walked back and forth, dousing them with pepper spray. The idea that years later, Pike would try to claim ‘psychiatric’ damage is nothing short of a farce. Sign this petition to urge the District of Worker’s Compensation to deny him any monetary help.


Dear Mr. Harter,

Recently, former UC Davis police officer John Pike applied for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered ‘psychiatric injury’ from a confrontation in which he pepper sprayed protesting students who were sitting on the ground. After costing the UC Davis Police Department their Chief, and costing the University of California $1 million in a lawsuit filed by students, Pike would like his own share of money.

I urge you to deny him any sort of compensation. An investigative team found his actions completely unwarranted and he was fired for them. His gross negligence and disrespect for the rights of students does not constitute any sort of injury, and he does not deserve any compensation for his actions. The reason that Pike lost his job was his own inability to function in this type of a situation, and for this alone he deserves no compensation.


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