“UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers’ Comp”

by Walter Olson on July 27, 2013

“A former University of California, Davis police officer who was fired after pepper spraying a group of students staging a protest in 2011, and whose actions went viral on the internet, is seeking workers’ compensation settlement, claiming the incident left him psychologically injured.” [ABC News]


1 Bob Lipton 07.27.13 at 11:54 am

The story does not specify what sort of psychological damage he claims to have suffered. Perhaps it is grief at having blown a job as a $2.4 kilobuck a week job as a rent-a-cop by attacking people who were just sitting there. I know that would make me sad.

2 marco73 07.27.13 at 7:15 pm

He is psychologically injured? So he had to admit to himself that he has power issues? That he has no empathy? It’s a long list.
Why sure, get a WC settlement. Then he can split that with the people that he really physically injured.

3 William Nuesslein 07.28.13 at 4:15 am

I understand that protesters and police actually negotiate treatment of illegal demonstrators. Perhaps the protestors accepted pepper spay to get good footage on news reports in lieu of being roughed up.

4 Walter Olson 07.28.13 at 8:31 am

As applied to the Davis episode, William, that theory sounds to me like a bit of a stretch.

5 MattS 07.30.13 at 2:23 pm

@Bob Lipton,

I would be willing to bet that the psychological injury claimed is embarrassment at having his abusive, power hungry attitude exposed to the world on YouTube.

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