I’m always a fan of seeing justice carried out, and while in this case true justice would perhaps be more like pepper-spraying former officer John Pike multiple times, I think this is a step in the right direction.
Pike was made notorious after casually dousing a group of sitting students last November 18th and according to The Sacramento Bee, Pike is now officially no longer employed by the campus: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/01/4679893/officer-at-center-of-pepper-spraying.html
According to the same article, Pike’s officially listed pay was $110, 243 a year. Why the hell are cops being paid so much? Any cop at all, let alone who so casually hurt so many innocent people? And he was paid up until July 31st? People I know can barely put food on the table and keep the water and electricity running, and in the meantime we pay these leeches to hurt students trying to build themselves a future.
The school’s administration cited privacy regulations and did not say whether Pike had resigned or been fired. Both Pike and his supervisor, Annette Spicuzza, both were placed on paid-leave since the incident. Though Spicuzza was not forced to retire, she stated that she did not want the incident to be the defining moment of her career. I think that Spicuzza went honorably into the night and Pike should have done the same, but the fact that he didn’t stands as only more proof of his character.
For those of you that haven’t seen the video of the pepper-spraying incident, I’ve included it here.
-Ethan I. Solomon