Apparently people were mean to him after he used unauthorized pepper spray that he wasn't trained for on peaceful students who were legally protesting.
After his 8 months of paid leave (which net him roughly $80K) he was let go and is filing charges for psychiatric damage.
Pepper-spray lieutenant appealing for worker’s comp Davis Enterprise
“In an ideal democracy, violent suppressors of political speech are jailed and not rewarded. This sends a message that acts of violent political repression can be both insulated from real criminal prosecution and rewarded,” Goldsmith wrote in an email message.
Pike ceased to be a UCD employee in July 2012. He remains entitled to retirement credit for his years of service, a UCD spokesperson said at the time, but he was to receive no other payout. If Pike receives disability benefits, it will cover income, health and other benefits until he turns 65.
Pike, whose annual salary was $121,680, remained on paid leave for eight months while the pepper-spraying was investigated.
As dozens watched on Nov. 18, 2011, Pike sprayed a group of seated, unarmed students blocking a sidewalk on the Quad that officers were using to take away protesters arrested at a day-old encampment created in part because of opposition to repeated tuition hikes.
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The pepper spray Pike used, MK-9, also was not sanctioned for use by the department and officers were not trained in its use, according to the task force report. In addition, Pike used it incorrectly by spraying protesters from close range, according to the report, and ordered a second officer, Alexander Lee, forward to spray protesters.
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