Police see a lot of ugly things and it wears on them. Historically, they've been reluctant to seek help in dealing with the stresses of their job, many self-medicating with alcohol.
However, things are changing as the law-enforcement culture becomes more accepting of officers willing to get counselling and therapy.
But I wonder if the campus cop who pepper-sprayed a group of peaceful, seated Occupy protesters two years ago really ought to get worker's compensation for the trauma he's undergone in the wake of his actions.
It's hard to forget the video of University of California Davis officer John Pike casually hosing the huddled protesters, walking down the line as if he was spraying his roses for aphids.
The incident attracted widespread condemnation and ridicule.
The Associated Press now reports Pike, who was fired the following year after a review found his assault unwarranted, is appealing for benefits, claiming the fallout from the online disclosure of his identity caused himRead More »from Does California cop who pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters deserve compensation for stress?