Former police lieutenant Pike seeks worker’s compensation

Former campus police lieutenant John Pike is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming psychiatric injury caused by the Nov. 18, 2011 pepper spray incident.

According to the State Department of Industrial Relations website, his claim states “nervous system – psychiatric” damage. The case is scheduled for a mandatory settlement conference in Sacramento on Aug. 13.

In July 2012, Pike was fired as a UC Davis employee, but remains entitled to retirement credit for his years of service according to a spokesperson at the time. If he receives disability benefits, his income, health and other benefits will be covered until he turns 65.

“The university is required to follow the worker’s compensation process. We are not in agreement with the benefits being claimed,” said Andy Fell, a university spokesman, according to ABC News.

— Elizabeth Orpina

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