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Cop seeks workers comp benefits over video gone viral

Posted On: Jul. 26, 2013 12:00 AM CST

Cop seeks workers comp benefits over video gone viral

A former cop for the University of California, Davis is seeking workers compensation benefits for a psychiatric injury after a video that showed him dousing seated, unarmed student protesters with pepper spray went viral.

Former UC Davis police lieutenant John Pike is scheduled for a mandatory settlement conference on Aug. 13, according to a California Department of Industrial Relations website for tracking disputed workers compensation cases.

The electronic file shows Mr. Pike is seeking benefits from his former employer for a nervous system or psychiatric injury that occurred on Nov. 18, 2011. The video and photographs shot that day reportedly show Mr. Pike spraying the students who blocked a sidewalk in protest of tuition hikes and other issues.

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News reports say that as a result of the video, Mr. Pike has received death threats against himself and his family, while he was widely criticized across the Internet and eventually fired from his job.