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UCD pepper-spray video inspires viral art

Lt. John Pike, the policeman filmed pepper spraying Occupy UC Davis protestors on campus on Nov. 18, is getting his 15 minutes of fame - and then some - as the Internet fills up with memes of the officer in action.

Pepper-spraying cop meets Edouard Manet's 'Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe' James Alex/Tumbler

Here's a video of Pike using pepper spray on a group of seated students.

Pike even gets to Michelangelo's work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Know Your Meme

Pike has since been suspended from duty. For the officer, this is undoubtedly not the sort of publicity he craved. Still, for someone who emerged from similar obscurity to grab the public limelight, this is a remarkable milepost in the history of Internet memes. By Monday afternoon, a search of Pike's name turned up 4,290,000 mentions on Google.

A new subject in Archibald Willard's 'The Spirit of '76.' James Alex/Tumblr

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