University of California Davis officer in pepper spray incident previously honored (video).

In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California,…

In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school’s quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident. (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Wayne Tilcock)

The riot-clad police officer who pepper sprayed a row of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters at a California university last week is a retired U.S. Marine sergeant who has been honored for his police work on campus, but also has figured in a previous discrimination suit against the university.

Lt. John Pike was hired onto the University of California, Davis police force in 2001. Now, as one of four lieutenants, he supervises more than one-third of the sworn officers on the suburban campus near Sacramento, including the investigations unit.

Pike has been honored twice for meritorious service, including a 2006 incident in which he decided against using pepper spray on a campus hospital patient who was threatening his colleagues with scissors.

Footage of Pike and another officer in riot gear dousing the demonstrators has sparked national outrage since it began circulating Friday night. Both officers and the police chief were placed on administrative leave over the weekend, and campus officials have promised a wide-ranging investigation into the incident.

Source: Garance Burke and Judy Lin for the Associated Press via Law Officer.

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  • FU COPS

    Bunch of P US SY cops is all I can say. P US SIES!

    Riot gear with guns. See how the pu ssy waves the pepper spray around before spraying it.

    Bi tch needs his teeth kicked it.

  • J lopez

    There always seems to be an excuse for using force. It is 2011 and everyone now has a camera. Use your force if you want but be ready to pay the piper. Argue it all on these forums but they will still be labeled for life. Just leave it alone next time, unless you don’t mind being on unemployment. the kids will graduate and have great jobs, the ex-marine will be wishing he’d just stepped away.

  • WJS

    In state tuition(just tuition) for UC Davis is around $120,000 for 4 years and out of state is close to $200,000. These students are the epitome of the 1 percent. Why aren’t they protesting their own parents? Bunch of spoiled white kids with more time and money on their hands then they know what to do with. Can they drop a pepper spray bomb on the whole school? On top of being spoiled rich kids they are skipping class and wasting their parents’ money. Pepper spray is a non-lethal device. It sucks, it wears off, you move on.

  • Karen

    Were they on private or public property? It is a hard balance to find between balancing governemnt saftey measures, and protecting free speech in this country…but if they were on public property, AND were taking violent measures, I think it was right for the police to step in and end it…BIG GOVERNMENT + control = scary, but police weren’t being bullies in breaking up the mob.

  • reaganmarine84

    RE: kevdog. and you apparently don’t understand #1 most jurisdictions have a laws for “failure to comply with the requests of a law enforcement officer”. #2 The officers were encircled and penned in by the mob. #3 there is cell phone video of the protesters BEFORE the spraying incident of them discussing and knowing they would be sprayed. In other words; the officers were set-up on purpose. #4 there is also video of the so-called ‘leader’ of the seated protesters asking the officer “are you going to spray all of us?” To which the officer said “yes” BEFORE he did it. And they still refused to comply. So what would you suggest the officers did to gain compliance? The LE officers said that, forcibly removing them by picking them up and carrying them off was the last thing they wanted to do because that method would increase their liability of one of the protesters getting hurt by being dropped or whatever else. #5 there is video out there that shows an interview with a couple of the ‘sprayed’ protesters and they are all giggly and practically laughing about the incident. I’m all for free speech;but this was by no means a “peaceful” assembly. These anarchists were were nothing but squatters and needed to be dealt with.

  • Officers of the Law

    Verbal Commands didn’t work, so you use the next step of force and tool provided to you and that is chemical agents. The students are lucky they didn’t use physical force right away! They think they are above the law just because they go to the school?!?!? I don’t think so; the Officers are justified in this video. Good luck getting jobs with your degree from school now that you have a criminal record.
    Kevdog, you still have to obey the laws in place, and they didn’t. You can’t let a disturbance go on like this. Look what happened in Greece when they let it go on. Riots and Death!!!
    Blocking the entrance to a school is being disruptive even if it appears no harm is being done. That is not peaceful.

  • kevdog

    William Wallace is apparently an authoritarian who doesn’t understand the first amendment, and believes freedom only applies to him.

  • Willy

    “Peaceful” means that you aren’t disruppting the peace!

  • William Wallace

    Seems simple to me: don’t want to get sprayed? Get out of the way!
    This is public property under jurisdiction of the police…if you want to relax, go and sit down and protest somewhere else: do it on your own property…But don’t go and start complaining when you bump into the law…this is not an issue of free speech…