DAVIS, CA - Former UC Davis police Lt. John Pike has been awarded $38,056 for psychiatric injuries he claimed to have suffered following a 2011 campus pepper-spraying incident that drew worldwide criticism.
The university paid out a total of $1 million to 21 activists who Pike doused with pepper spray as they sat in peaceful protest in the university quad.
Pike, who was later fired, filed a workers' compensation claim saying he suffered depression and anxiety over the way he was treated in the wake of the incident.
A psychiatrist, who was agreed upon as an expert by both UC Davis and Pike's attorney, found Pike suffers from a "moderate" disability and is therefore entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
In a stipulated settlement entered Oct. 16, Administrative Law Judge Joel Harter ordered the University of California Regents to pay Pike $264.50 per week to reach the total payout, minus $5,700 in legal fees for Pike's Sacramento attorney.
"This settlement resolves all claims of psychiatric injury," the stipulation reads.
UC Davis provided the following statement regarding the workers' compensation award:
Like any other employer, UC Davis is required to follow the California worker's compensation process. Before a case can be closed, a judge must review it to ensure that the terms follow state law on worker's compensation.
This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on worker's compensation. The final resolution is in line with permanent impairment as calculated by the State's Disability Evaluation Unit.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net