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The 10 best images from the Pepper Spray Cop meme

Lt. John Pike, the University of California Davis's infamous "Pepper Spray Cop" has left the police force. To mark the occasion, here are the 10 best pics from the Internet meme that made him a household name in 2011.


Fernando Alfonso III

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 1, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 1:32 pm CDT

The world’s favorite pepper-spray-wielding cop is no longer working for the University of California Davis.

A university spokesman said that Lt. John Pike has left the school’s police department but would not comment on whether he was fired, CNN reported.

Pike was turned into a popular meme in November 2011 after he pepper sprayed a group of students protesting tuition hikes at UC Davis.

Pike, who earned  $110,243.12 annually, was put on paid administrative leave following the incident, SFWeekly reported. It’s that fact that irked Reddit users in a front page post this afternoon.

“Only took 8 months of paid vacation to fire him. There’s some swift justice,” commented berseker13.

“Unfortunately, this incident will be a selling point when he looks for a job on another force or in private security,” said JimmyGroove. “I’d bet dollars to cents he ends up making more money in his next job than he did in this one.”

To mark Pike’s departure, we have collected the 10 most popular memes courtesy of the Tumblr Pepper Spraying Cop:

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Photos via Pepper Spraying Cop

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*First Published: Aug 1, 2012, 2:55 pm CDT