John Kass: Was Police Killing of 95-Year-Old Necessary?

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.

Wrana’s family wants answers. The Illinois State Police are investigating the horrific incident but won’t comment, and neither will the Park Forest police pending the outcome of the inquiry

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Kass:  Was Police Killing of 95-Year-Old Necessary?

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2 Responses to “John Kass: Was Police Killing of 95-Year-Old Necessary?”

  1. Bob / Karen Says:

    As a retired LE , I can think of no reason such force should have resulted in him refusing to take his meds. Ashamed they allowed badges being placed on the offenders chests. My condolences to the family.

  2. B Inberg Says:

    I agree Bob & Karen. This was a case that should have and could have ended peacefully with no harm to the elderly resident. Thanks to John Kass for educating society – all involved must be held accountable for their actions and inactions. An incident such as this must not happen again, here in Illinois or anywhere in the USA.

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