Step 3. ??? Step 4. Profit!

I just finished reading this article about John Pike. I do not understand how this stuff works.

Assaulting peaceful protesters with pepper spray can be awfully stressful, and John Pike certainly knows it better than most. Now a judge has awarded $38,000 to the former University of California cop filmed discharging his weapon on Occupy demonstrators.

It's off-putting to me. I'm sure some lawyer/legal knowledgeable Jezzies could explain the nuts & bolts. It just kinda feels like a reward for poor behavior. Full disclosure, I wept like a kid who just had their candy swiped when I first saw the video, so I don't really like that guy (Pike).