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Thursday, August 15, 2013

95 year old WWII veteran killed after being tased and shot by police.

95 year old WWII veteran killed after being tased and shot by police   

When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he'd end this way?

    Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.

    The old man, described by a family member as "wobbly" on his feet, had refused medical attention. The paramedics were called. They brought in the Park Forest police.

    First they tased him, but that didn't work. So they fired a shotgun, hitting him in the stomach with a bean-bag round. Wrana was struck with such force that he bled to death internally, according to the Cook County medical examiner.

    "The Japanese military couldn't get him at the age he was touchable, in a uniform in the war. It took 70 years later for the Park Forest police to do the job," Wrana's family attorney, Nicholas Grapsas, a former prosecutor, said in an interview with me Thursday.

The picture above is him with his wife in 2005.  Helen Wrana passed later that year.  The only positive that I can see in any of this is that now he is by her side again.  But just so sad.
What would be the reason for someone to tase a  96 year old man and shoot him in the stomach with a bean bag...other than cowardice.
Was a 96 year old man that much of a threat?
Too many now overuse those damn tasers, instead of doing their jobs as protectors of the people, and those who use tasers every chance they get are cowards and dishonor all those who came before them as cops...
Tasers kill....when death should not be necessary.
I understand there might be moments that it can be used, but this was not one of them.
Rest in peace, brother.

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