'Pepper Spray Cop' Is No Longer On UC Davis Police Force | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

'Pepper Spray Cop' Is No Longer On UC Davis Police Force

"Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis police officer who became a focal point of last November's pepper-spraying incident during a campus protest, is no longer employed by the university," a school spokesman confirmed to The Sacramento Bee Tuesday evening.

Neither that spokesman nor Pike would discuss with the Bee the reasons. Pike had been on paid leave since the Nov. 18 incident.

As you may recall, when a small group of "Occupy UC Davis" protesters wouldn't move from a campus road where they were sitting, Pike walked down the line of seated Occupiers and dispensed pepper spray directly into their faces. Video of the scene went viral. Students and faculty protested. An investigation concluded that the "decision to use pepper spray was not supported by objective evidence and not authorized by policy."

We've collected our earlier posts here.

And if you haven't seen the video that went viral after the incident, it's here.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

What Are The Secrets of Centenarians?

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner studies the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live longer than anyone else on the planet.
NPR

Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.
NPR

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.
NPR

Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.