11/25/2011 04:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

John Pike, U.C. Davis Pepper-Spraying Police Officer, Accused Of Anti-Gay Slur In 2003 (VIDEO)

John Pike, California's infamous pepper-spraying police officer, has an anti-gay past, according to reports.

Though he has been twice honored by the University of California, Davis, the lieutenant was also slapped with with a department-wide racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit after "using a profane anti-gay epithet" against a gay police officer in 2003.

As the Daily Mail is reporting, officer Calvin Chang's 2003 discrimination complaint against the university's police chief and the UC Board of Regents alleged he was systematically marginalized by the police force. More specifically, Chang claimed Pike once described him using a profane anti-gay epithet.

The lawsuit eventually ended in a $240,000 settlement in 2008, according to the Associated Press.

After recognizing Pike -- who is now on paid administrative leave -- spraying the "Occupy Davis" protesters, Chang told a local ABC affiliate, “When I saw that, I was as shocked as anybody else, but not surprised when I realized who it was."

Watch the full report below: