Lt John Pike is a Marine

says Yahoo.  I’m not sure that provides much meaningful insight. There are vets of a lot of different stripes out there. All I know from the video is that Pike was clearly not acting as the unsung hero reluctantly performing his duty. He was glad to attack peaceful protestors and he was itching for the chance follow up as the remaining students surrounded the police and kicked them out of the quad.

The riot-clad police officer who pepper sprayed a row of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters at a California university last week is a retired U.S. Marine sergeant…

Pike has been honored twice for meritorious service, including a 2006 incident in which he decided against using pepper spray on a campus hospital patient who was threatening his colleagues with scissors.

But an alleged anti-gay slur by Pike also figured in a racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit a former police officer filed against the department, which ended in a $240,000 settlement in 2008.

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