Was Police Killing Of 95-year-old Necessary?

By John Kass

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.

I wasn’t at the scene, and maybe the police have a good explanation. But common sense tells me that cops don’t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man.

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  • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

    Let every man be armed.
    As long as his aim is steadier than his feet, an old man has the right to stop thugs from entering his home by force.
    A bean bag round, from a 12ga? That’s a lot of kinetic energy to unleash on an old guy. The officer in question should be stripped to his shorts and subjected to ten such rounds at the same range as he shot the old man. I guarantee bad bruising, and if he bleeds a little, perhaps his colleagues will sober up before they commit another murder.

    • floyd elterman

      I totally agree. Make every law enforcement officer experience so called non-lethal weapons. They will likely be much more circumspect in use of these borderline tactics.

  • Robert Zraick

    There is no reason for this. We have to see the problem and stop pussyfooting around the bigger question. The cops are out of control. This is not just a bad cop or two, this is an ongoing police state mentality which is festering in what once was a free country.

    It is time to stop dancing around this and say no, absolutely no. We do not allow this. We do not forgive this. We want it to stop. Those who do this need to be stopped and thrown in jail, brought up on real charges. And punished. No more of the internal investigating whitewash stuff.

    It is time for the denial to stop. It is time to change the philosophy of what we have become. It is time to end, once and for all, this police state.

  • Chris Bergman

    If he “refused medical care” what was everyone else doing there and how are they not liable for the outcome? Almost sounds like forced euthanasia to me.

    • ManOfTheLog

      He was a conservative. End of story.

      • Chris Bergman

        Haven’t you heard? The targeting of Conservatives is a “Phoney Scandal.”

  • ManOfTheLog

    He was too old and of no use to the progressives, so he was eliminated.

  • Revisionistic

    When are we going to start policing the police, because for some reason they carry about like they’re untouchable…. I think they should be touched.

  • Houston Retrievers

    They assassinated him

  • glock 19 fan

    A 12-inch knife? Maybe it was a throwdown. There are too many incidents of unnecessary shootings by police and they are not limited to trigger happy SWAT squads; in northern Virginia a man was in his car waiting to pick up his wife when a cop shot and killed him for no apparent reason.

  • Ukulelemike

    Scary words: “We’re the Police: Wwe’re here to help you!”

  • marineh2ominer

    We no longer have a police force in this country , all we now have are seal wannabes acting like gestapo and hiding behind their badges , they are worse criminals than they are hired to control only they are UNCONTROLLABLE because of the badge and the ” blue Brotherhood ” .

    • my2pennies

      ‘The gang of blue’

  • ShameMaker

    Sad and unecessary


    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY A MURDER! Are you telling me cops couldn’t disarm a NINTY SIX YEAR OLD MAN?!?!?! They should ALL be ashamed of themselves! What a bunch of PUSSY COWARD BASTARDS! They are lucky I don’t live in the vicinity! I am FURIOUS! TASERS? RIOT SHIELDS? BEAN-BAG SHOTGUNS? I don’t give a crap if he was holding a knife and was standing up and lunging at them,(which he wasn’t, he was SITTING IN A CHAIR!) they could have been “MEN” about the whole thing and TALKED TO HIM UNTIL HE CALMED DOWN! HE WAS ALMOST 96 YEARS OLD! These frigging poor excuse for men should turn their badges in voluntarily and if not prosecuted, move as far away as possible and change their names! I PRAY that they read this!!!!!! You are ALL LITTLE SISSY GIRLS AND IF I LIVED NEAR YOU I WOULD BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF EVERY ONE OF YOU!

  • jcalex

    If you ever see,or,come near a cop,be aware of your life…American cops are becoming the filth of filth.

  • Rita Shryock

    “Was police killing of a 95-year-old necessary?” That’s a rhetorical question, right? When is it ever “necessary” for police to kill anyone? Some hostage situations, maybe. Few and far between.

  • my2pennies

    So this is how the American police force treat our war veterans? Seriously? No disrespect to the honorable police officers out there (the few who remain), but a police officer cannot hold a candle to a war veteran. We need our military back home on American soil to protect us against our corrupt government and police state.

  • reinhold