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Monday, March 27, 2023

Sharing, naming our disappointment and grief about Tyre Nichols

Vice Chancellor for Fairness and Inclusion Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor for Pupil Affairs Stephen Sutton, Vice Chancellor for Administration Marc Fisher and Vice Provost for the College Victoria Plaut despatched the next message to the campus group on Friday: 

There isn’t a straightforward option to share this message, and we don’t assume there must be. We’re right here to call our deep disappointment, frustration and grief as a result of Tyre Nichols’s life was ended, brutally and prematurely, by 5 Memphis law enforcement officials earlier this month. Tyre was a father, a group member, a son, and a good friend. He was a 29-year-old Black man. He lived in Memphis and had roots not too removed from right here in Sacramento. He labored at FedEx and beloved skateboarding.

Tyre’s humanity, like yours and like ours, issues. That’s the reason, along with expressing our anger, we need to categorical our care. We all know that later immediately, the Memphis police will launch a video exhibiting the violence that led to Tyre’s demise. It’s possible you’ll select to look at it, or you could select to not. Both manner, the vary of feelings and circumstances popping out of this story are already having an influence on communities right here and throughout the nation. We face this on prime of the heaviness that many people already really feel following different police killings this month and the mass shootings in Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay, and Oakland.

Please do not forget that UC Berkeley gives sources and help to your psychological well being (college students and workers/college) and well-being. Pressing drop-in counseling is on the market for college kids by calling 510-642-9494. Counselors can be found between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday by way of Friday. For after-hours help, name 855-817-5667. Moreover, we perceive that you just may resolve to affix a protest to specific what’s in your coronary heart. Please think about using these sources on protesting safely or connecting with campus entities just like the Public Service Heart and IAB.

There may be a lot to say in regards to the complexities of this example. There may be a lot for us as people and communities to course of, replicate on, and act on. There might be time for different campus messages, from us and from companions and organizations who’re part of our care response group. Wherever you end up within the impacts of Tyre’s story, you aren’t alone.

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