At least he was found guilty. Not that that’s much consolation…
The events leading up to John Wrana’s death read more like the treatment for a zany cop comedy than the makings of a real life tragedy. Cook County, Illinois, police were called to Wrana’s nursing home last year when the 95-year-old World War II veteran resisted being taken to the hospital. When then cops arrived, Wrana was brandishing his cane and a shoehorn as weapons.
That’s when things turned surreal and tragic. Wrana picked up a kitchen knife, which officers ordered him to put down. Any reasonable person would know better than to use much physical force on an extremely elderly man defending himself with a shoehorn and a kitchen knife. But Officer Craig Taylor—who later said he thought the shoehorn was a machete—responded by shocking Wrana with a stun gun and pelting him with five rounds of bean bags fired from a shotgun.
Taylor’s totally unreasonable and inappropriate use of force caused Wrana internal bleeding, from which he later died.
Taylor was charged this morning with one count of reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony which would yield a maximum of three years in prison.
That’s all? Just three years?
I thought America honoured its veterans. I guess, not so much.