Pike, who became known as "Pepper Spray Cop," spawned an Internet meme featuring his image Photoshopped in various historical and fictional scenarios, like the one below.
SFGate reported that Pike was awarded the settlement by California's Division of Workers' Compensation Appeals Board:
The claim "resolves all claims of psychiatric injury specific or due to continuous trauma from applicant's employment at UC Davis."
After the video clips and images depicting Pike spraying protesters for more than 15 seconds with orange pepper spray went viral, he received more than 17,000 angry or threatening emails, 10,000 text messages and hundreds of letters. According to the police union, Pike had to repeatedly change his phone number and emails and lived in various locations to avoid his detractors.
The psychiatrist consulted by the board classified Pike's disability as "moderate," as he faced "continuing and significant internal and external stress with respect to resolving and solving the significant emotional upheavals that have occurred” in his life and had not shown evidence of substantial improvement, as reported by The Davis Enterprise.
The settlement, according to California lawyer Bernie Goldsmith, 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."
UC Davis had also settled with the students who got sprayed. A total of 21 plaintiff split the pay out of $1 million, which after attorney's fees, is about $30,000 each or less than what Pike got.
Top image: Wayne Tilcock/AP
Pepper Spray Cop spraying Crispus Attucks - via Pepper Spraying Cop Tumblr
This situation doesn't pass the layman test. If a layman were ordered to pepper-spray some peaceful protesters who present no threat to anyone but themselves (could get sunburned) would they believe that they should be pepper-sprayed in order to disperse them?
It sure doesn't look like it bothered him. Yes, he was called out for being a douche. And the employer can't *prevent* him from receiving this treatment. The best way to prevent that treatment is to not act as he did.