Cop who pepper-sprayed students seeks workers comp

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 incident.

The California Department of Industrial Relations’ website says John Pike has a settlement conference on Aug. 13 in Sacramento.

An attorney who supported the Occupy UC Davis movement told the Davis Enterprise Thursday (http://bit.ly/13h2hG9 ) that a protest will likely be held outside the courtroom.

Pike was fired eight months after an investigation found that his action was unwarranted. Online videos of him casually spraying pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters went viral, prompting national outrage.

Hackers posted Pike’s information online. He received scores of threats that led a judge to rule against releasing the names of other officers at the scene.

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