I’m appalled to read The Enterprise’s article Thursday about UC Davis police Lt. John Pike’s workers’ compensation claim, and am alarmed by the flawed moral compass that I believe The Enterprise is demonstrating.
While I, along with many Davis residents, was horrified by Pike’s actions in November of 2011, I cannot find justification for publicizing a psychiatric report about his mental health. Whether it is possible to obtain this information through a public records request or not, I believe this information should be kept confidential, in line with both federal health-related privacy regulations (which may or may not legally apply) as well as simple decency.
No matter what the public thinks about Lt. Pike, where is our humanity? Yes, Pike was a public employee, and as such, I understand that some information about his claim and settlement may be reasonable to publish, but I believe that The Davis Enterprise showed very poor judgment in revealing personal, detailed health related information to the public.