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I wish I could be happier

Dear Editor:

It’s a “baker’s dozen” kinda Friday…he was unarmed but they shot him anyway…he was well known to the police as mentally ill but not dangerous; they shot him anyway…he didn’t have to die but they delayed calling for emergency services until the scene was “cleaned” and the stage was set…even the state police avoided interviewing eye witnesses who have since deemed it prudent to leave Michigan…the matter could have been cleared up with some professional, responsible honesty but they chose “cover-up” instead…now the community is hailing this group as local heroes because they bought a donut shop (yes, Spanky, I know it’s “doughnut“)…you see, when the Clare City Bakery, a local landmark since 1896, announced that it would be going out of business, the local police all chipped in and saved it from extinction…it is a novel irony that the local police department should own the only donut shop in town…

I can see the excellent marketing strategy of such a move…I can also see a local police cruiser in front of the donut shop when I pass through at 5:45 am most mornings…I am not surprised that this endeavor has been on the national news and even on some international programs…and now, Clare is to be featured in a reality TV show built around the cop owned donut shop…

I wish I could be happier about it; I wish I could take more pride in what these 9 guardians of justice have done…if only it was some other police force…or if only this police force wasn’t the one that killed an innocent, unarmed mentally challenged citizen and then worked diligently to cover it up and make it go away…

I used to stop once a week or so and pick up a couple dozen donuts for the folks I work with (the apple fritters are awesome and the “squealer”  is quite unique)…I can’t bring myself to stop there any longer…you see, I am a friend of the victim’s father…at first you feel sadness for the family and sympathetically listen to their side of the story…you indulge their narrative because of their loss and grief…and then, over time, you find that the family’s diligence has brought to light the truth of the situation…it isn’t about getting money or restitution; they want the truth to come out…

I have learned enough and seen enough come to light that I can not, as a matter of conscience, celebrate with those who regard the uniformed donut shop owners as local heroes…that’s just me and my issue; others have no problem with what the police did or with them being celebrities (after all, mentally ill guys like Scozarri are disposable to our society, aren’t they?)…

I so want to support our local businesses (and do so whenever I can) and be proud of what our community does…but in this case, they have put more glaze on the donut than my conscience can tolerate…the ducks on the pond have no need for cover up or duplicity…and Mother Parker says their competing brand of brew will most likely leave a bitter aftertaste.

The Kelster

PS – It isn’t so much that Mr. Scozarri was tragically killed; although usually avoidable, unfortunate things happen in the heat of the moment.  It is the immediate cover up and ongoing denials that must not be easily dismissed.