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Pepper Spray Cop No Longer Employed by University

August 1, 2012

The man who became famous for an atrocious act upon students at UC Davis is “no longer employed as of July 31, 2012,” according to UC Davis spokesperson David Shiller:

The Sacramento Bee reported that the circumstances of Lt. Pike’s departure are not known. UC Davis spokesperson Barry Shiller said, “Consistent with privacy guidelines established in state law and university policy, I can confirm that John Pike’s employment with the university ended on July 31, 2012. I’m unable to comment further.”

Pike became infamous when he sprayed students who were participating in an Occupy event on the university campus. Videos and photos of the incident went viral and Pike was widely vilified for what many believed was an unnecessary attack. The hacker group Anonymous released Pike’s personal information into the public domain.

Looking at the photo, I do wonder why other officers are calmly standing by watching their colleague pepper spray students who had no defense but to cover their faces with their hands.  Thank goodness the man was photographed, and I am glad he was fired.  I do have to wonder about the university in general for having cops on standby to watch a fellow officer injure unresisting students. A judge has released a decision stating that the pepper spray cops’ names should be released to the public.  Perhaps public censure will be enough, but really, firing is all they’ve got?

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