On July 8, 2020, Sgt. John Mazzie put in his last day as an Everett Police officer.
Thus ended, a 33 year career on a police force that is a far different place than it was when he started out as a much younger man.
It is impossible for the uninitiated to understand just what it is like to sign away your life to serving the city of Everett in 1987, to putting on the blue uniform, and to remain whole and upbeat, proud and with his integrity intact, up to the day of his retirement in the 20th year of the 21st Century.
The revolution in policing continues during this summer of great discontent across the nation.
Sgt. John Mazzie has seen it all. He’s been through the trials and tribulations of being a police officer. He has come to understand the human predicament almost completely.
Mazzie started out as a Field Training Officer in the 1990’s.
A small but stirring memorial for George Floyd, the unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis almost two weeks ago, was organized by younger people in the city’s Black community and held at Glendale Park Sunday from 6-8 p.m..
Protests against racism have riveted the nation since Floyd was killed and his killers jailed.
The protests have been worldwide, highlighting the scourge of racism and what it does to our society as well as to those who are the recipients of it.
A wide range of passionate, youthful speakers delivered eulogies for Floyd as well as speaking out about racial justice.
Crowd estimates ranged from 150-200, according to local police.
The crowd was largely black and Hispanic.
Everyone was wearing facemasks and socially distancing.
It was a racially mixed event with many young white people attending as well.
The speakers decried police brutality and racism.
Last week, the city government held a Zoom vigil for Floyd, with several public officials and a few religious leaders expressing their sentiments.
Bloom Dry Cleaning & Alterations on Broadway is creating and selling handmade face masks. Rocco Carzo and Stephania Huamani have already sewn over 1,000 masks in just the past month and can have an order ready in less than two days
When access to food and other necessities is thwarted by circumstance and emergency, it’s community and nonprofit organizations that come through in toughest times.
In response to Coronavirus, grocery stores across the state have started to take preventative measures for shopping, implementing changes that include, altered opening and closing hours, purchase limits on various items, and special times for seniors only to shop.
The mad dash to supermarkets caused by widespread panic over emergency measures mandated by the state has left shelves bare and families unable to provide for their homes.
Everett based organizations and businesses, including but not limited to, The Grace Food Pantry, The Elliot Family Resource Center, and Encore Boston Harbor have helped alleviate the burden for thousands in the city in recent days.
Donations to the Everett public from local organizations has ranged from thousands of pounds of fresh fruits & veggies, fresh and nonperishable meals, to toys and hygiene products, such as hand sanitizers, diapers and laundry soap.