Cop in viral pepper-spraying video awarded $38,000

Cop in viral pepper-spraying video awarded $38,000

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You might not recognize the pepper spraying cop in the above video by name, but you probably do remember the video.

Former University of California-Davis campus police officer John Pike was awarded $38,000 in a disability case regarding the now famous video.

Pike became an Internet sensation when he was caught on camera pepper spraying students during an Occupy protest on the UC Davis campus.

The 2011 video of Pike went viral and his picture was blasted all over the Internet. Pike also lost his job at UC Davis over the pepper spraying incident.

In the workers' compensation case Pike says he suffered a "moderate" disability from the depression and anxiety he suffered as a result of the video's popularity.

All 21 protesters in the video were each awarded $30,000 in a civil suit settlement with the university.

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