Some facts about John Pike, the notorious UC-Davis cop who pepper-sprayed passive student protestors.
- “A public task force, led by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso … found that Pike did not need to use the pepper spray, used a spray not sanctioned for use by the department and used it at too close a range.”
- Pike was fired for this.
- “before he was ultimately fired, Pike was on paid leave for 8 months… he received an additional $81,120”
- He “reportedly suffered depression and anxiety” and for that he “will receive workers’ compensation totaling $38,059.”
- He will receive his pension, even though he was fired.
Some facts about the students he assaulted:
- They received just over $6,500, compared with Pike’s nearly $120,000.
- Their tuition partially subsidized Pike’s payout and pension.
Some facts about justice in the United States.
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Update (7:57 pm, October 23): Thanks to Michael Truscello for pointing out the substantial salary of Pike, at $121,680 per year, and making a comparison to professor pay. To explore this in some depth:
- In the U.S., there are about 800,000 cops, and they are paid a median salary of over $55k.
- Cops have a modal education level of a high-school diploma.
- Cops in California have a mean annual salary of $84,320. In San Francisco, it is over $96k per year.
- By comparison, professors may have twice as many years in school and earn a median salary of $81k in the US.
- The average full professor in the US makes less than Pike did, at $113k.
- According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, assistant professors at UC-Davis make $81,300. UC-Davis assistant professors average $90,600, and full professors on average make $129,400.
- On average, it takes about 7 years to advance to full professor.
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