An attorney supportive of the protesters who were pepper-sprayed two years ago at UC Davis criticized a recent decision to pay the former campus police officer involved in the incident $38,055 in worker's compensation.
Bernie Goldsmith, a Davis lawyer supportive of the protesters, told the Davis Enterprise that Pike's workers' comp settlement sent a dangerous message.
He said it "sends a clear message to the next officer nervously facing off with a group of passive, unarmed students: Go on ahead. Brutalize them. Trample their rights. You will be well taken care of."
After video of Pike pepper-spraying seated protesters as they offered no resistance when viral, he was put on paid administrative leave for eight months and eventually fired.
In a statement, UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said Pike's case "has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers' compensation."