UC-Irvine offered grief counseling to students after Ferguson verdict

UC-Irvine offered grief counseling to students after Ferguson verdict

[Ed. – Because…California.]

Following the decision, in which a grand jury declined to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the school sent a notice to students offering help with “healing, grieving and support” at the school’s counseling center.

“If they really wanted to have a teachable moment of understanding the facts of the case as they were presented to the grand jury, that would be one thing,” said Ward Connerly, who was a member of the University of California’s Board of Regents from 1993-2005. “But this isn’t about processing facts. It’s about processing the emotions of what you have been told about the case.”

Connerly noted that the grand jury arrived at its decision after hearing from witnesses who said Brown, who had moments earlier been caught on surveillance video robbing a store, tussled with Wilson through his squad car window, then later charged at him.

Having a counseling session to “process” the decision, with the help of UCI Counseling Center Senior Staff Psychologist Dr. Vivian Tamkin and UCI Counseling Center Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Milo Dodson, was a tacit endorsement of a version of events rejected by the grand jury, Connerly said.

A school spokeswoman defended the session, which took place Nov. 25 and drew about 80 students and faculty members.

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