Target: University of California, Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
Goal: Condemn university for compensating police officer who pepper-sprayed innocent protesters
John Pike, the infamous police officer captured on film pepper spraying peaceful Occupy sit-in protesters in the face as they non-violently practiced their First Amendment rights on the University of California, Davis campus in 2011 is appealing for workers’ compensation in Sacramento.
Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after the protest, when a task force found his behavior unwarranted as a response to peaceful protesters. Pike claims he suffered psychiatric damage as a result of hackers posting his personal information online that lead to anger and threats against the former police officer. Pike is the only officer whose name was released to the press after the incident after a judge Alameda County Court judge ruled against the names of other officers being revealed. A state appeals court recently overturned that decision, stating that the press had a right to know the names of the other abusive officers.
This police officer used cruel and unnecessary against American citizens doing nothing more than exercising their right to peaceably assemble. He casually released a dangerous and agonizingly painful spray straight into the eyes, mouths, and ears of people simply sitting in front of him. He abused his authority to a frightening degree, intimidating these protesters out of their rights as citizens.
Recently, the University of California, Davis decided to settle John Pike’s case. The officer who assaulted innocent and peaceful protesters will be receiving financial compensation from the university because he was unprepared to deal with the expected consequences of his brutal actions. The fact that an officer of the law is able to attack our civil liberties, our constitutional rights, and our peaceful protesters and then receive compensation for it is an utter outrage.
Please sign this petition to send a message to University of California, Davis, John Pike, and his fellow police officers: you may not abuse and intimidate the American people and expect to bear no consequences. You may not abuse and intimidate the American people and expect to be rewarded. We do not support tyranny.
Dear University of California, Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi,
In 2011, Officer John Pike was involved in a violent assault on peaceful protesters, inhibiting their right to peaceably assemble and putting their health and well being in serious danger with a harsh toxin that you wielded completely irresponsibly.
In response to his actions, the American people were rightfully furious. Yet he seemed to believe that he should be able to assault complete strangers, while in a position of authority designed to protect these people, and suffer no consequences of his brutish and bullying behavior. Your university proved him right by offering to settle with him for worker’s compensation.
John Pike does not deserve worker’s compensation for his tyrannical actions, and it is an insult to our freedom that he has received a settlement from your institution.
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