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Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers Compensation

October 23rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm

In 2011, police around America made headlines due to their what some have called brutal response to protestors associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Occupy Wall Street was started as a response to corrupt financial institutions that had a large hand in causing the financial crisis of 2008 but which had, as of 2011, not faced any punitive consequence. One now infamous moment of the protests occurred between a group of protesters on the University of California Davis campus and a police armed with pepper spray. According to a 2011 Huffington Post article, “videos show the students seated on the ground as a UC Davis police officer brandishes a red canister of pepper spray, showing it off for the crows before dousing the seated students in a heavy, thick mist.” It wasn’t the first time in the Occupy protests that officials came under fire for heavy-handed tactics—earlier videos showed New York City Police pepper spraying “several women who were seated and penned in.” One woman involved in the UC Davis incident, according to the Huffington Post, “was transported to a hospital to be treated for chemical burns.” Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers’ Comp IMAGE

If anyone should receive compensation for this incident, one would think the students would have a case. Yet according to ABC News the police officer showed spraying a group of seated students, John Pike, earlier this year was seeking a workers compensation settlement, “claiming the incident left him psychologically injured.” Pike was fired from the campus in 2012, “following an internal affairs investigation.” The claim he filed fell into the “nervous system—psychiatric” category, according to ABC.

Workers compensation claims among police officers, given the nature of the job, are common. In 2011, Oregon Health and Science University researchers launched a study in an effort to help bring down the number of workers compensation claims among police officers in Portland. This was meant to “help reduce overall health care benefit costs,” according to BusinessInsurance.com.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, or are dealing with psychological damage because of an incident that happened at work, you could be eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact an Illinois workers compensation attorney today.

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