DAVIS, CA - UC Davis Junior Ian Lee still remembers the day he was pepper sprayed by UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike during an Occupy protest in November 2011.
Lee, now 20 years old, was a freshman when he and 20 fellow activists gathered to protest university policies on the UC Davis campus.
"It was a long time ago and I'm glad that it's over, but I'm upset with what Pike's trying to do," Lee said.
Although the university paid out a total of $1 million to the pepper-sprayed protestors, Pike, who was later fired, claims he was a victim for the way he was treated in the wake of the incident.
A psychiatrist, who was agreed upon as an expert by both UC Davis and Pike's attorney, found Pike suffers from a "moderate" disability and is therefore entitled to workers' compensation benefits, the amount of which is still to be determined, according to the university.
UC Davis said in a statement, "Although the agreement has not been completed, the university expects that, in accordance with the board rating, John Pike will receive financial compensation."
Attorney Melissa Brown, who specializes in workers' comp claims but has no stake in this case, said the law is clear.
"We may not all agree about the underlying circumstances, but under the law he is, and he should get those benefits," Brown said.
But Lee is outraged that a police officer can collect compensation for stress resulting from an incident that he created.
"I think it's wrong. I think we can't reward people like Pike for hurting students," Lee said. "That's a message we absolutely can't send."