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Deal eyed over Pike injury claim

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From page A1 | August 02, 2013 | 5 Comments

Attorneys representing John Pike and the University of California will try to reach a deal over the former UC Davis police lieutenant’s worker’s compensation claim, out of court and away from the media spotlight.

The sides had been scheduled to take part in a mandatory settlement conference on Aug. 13 in Sacramento to discuss Pike’s claim of psychiatric injury.

That hearing has been scratched from the calendar, according to State Department of Industrial Relations spokesman Peter Melton. The case will not go before a judge unless the sides fail to reach an agreement.

Pike, a former U.S. Marine with 17 years of law enforcement experience, gained worldwide notoriety after he pepper-sprayed seated, unarmed Occupy UC Davis protesters who blocked police on a Quad sidewalk on Nov. 18, 2011. Hackers posted his personal information online, and Pike received threatening calls and emails.

Attorneys for Pike have not returned calls for comment. UC has refused to discuss the specific officers who took part that day, citing state law and university confidentiality rules.

After The Enterprise first reported Pike’s injury claim on its website July 25, the pepper-spraying regained regional and national attention. That may have pushed the sides back to the table.

Protesters with ties to Occupy UCD had planned to hold a tongue-in-cheek “support” rally for Pike outside the scheduled hearing, mocking an injury claim that would see the former cop “rewarded” for his actions, in the words of Davis attorney Bernie Goldsmith.

Pike ceased to be a university employee in July 2012. He was fired, according to a Sacramento Bee account, despite a confidential internal affairs investigation finding his actions “reasonable” and recommending discipline, not termination.

He remains entitled to retirement credit for his years of service, but he was to receive no other payout. He collected eight months of his $121,680 annual salary while being investigated by a separate task force that found both the police and UCD administration at fault.

Protesters pepper-sprayed or arrested that day split a $1 million settlement. Criminal charges were not filed against police or protesters.

— Reach Cory Golden at cgolden@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8046. Follow him on Twitter at @cory_golden

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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  • Fred HarveyAugust 01, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    After totally humiliating the university with his thuggish actions, the university is actually going to broker a payout? Of course it is only public monies so who cares. After the payout watch the university mount an alumni beg campaign to replenish the squandered funds.

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  • Did his jobAugust 02, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Office Pike did his job. He was faced with a difficult situation. He gave the protestors orders and warned them multiple times. They should have never received a penny. Their actions put the entire community in danger. The people that spread his personal information should be prosecuted.

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  • Brian RileyAugust 02, 2013 - 6:03 pm

    He used an unauthorized grade of pepper spray. He improperly took over command of the scene from a superior. He invented an excuse to use the pepper spray (no one was being truly trapped inside the circle), and he was *terminated* by UC Davis for not doing his job properly. He created an international incident and seemed to have no clue about the ramifications of his actions in the broader context (free speech, academic freedom, the neoliberal takeover of the universities, etc.)

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  • MeganAugust 02, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    I love how this article includes the white washed internal investigation while neglecting to discuss the Reynoso report.

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  • Cory GoldenAugust 02, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    "...a separate task force that found both the police and UCD administration at fault." I think if you search our archives, you'll find that no publication has written more about the Reynoso task force than The Enterprise, including in a longer story about Pike's injury claim on July 26. Within two days of the Reynoso/Kroll reports being released, The Enterprise published 4,860 words on the report, including, but not limited to: http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/task-force-slams-ucd-pepper-spray-action-from-top-down/ and http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/it-was-really-bad-out-there-report-details-ill-fated-police-action/

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