Today’s morning buzz has focused on Israel Hernandez, the teen from Miami, who died after being tasered. There hasn’t been as much media attention about John Wrana, the 95-year-old man tasered by police two weeks ago who died from the injuries he sustained.
Hernandez, was a promising young artist who was caught vandalizing a building with graffiti. He allegedly ran from police who were attempting to apprehend him. When police finally closed in on him he was tasered and subsequently died.
Wrana, was a World War II veteran who was living in an assisted living facility.
On July 25 Wrana allegedly became combative after finding out that he was going to be committed for medical treatment. He did not want the treatment because of the risk involved and was fearful that he would end up on life support.
The staff at the Victory Centre called police because he was threatening them with his cane, a shoehorn and and possibly a knife.
Police arrived, the situation escalated and Wrana is now dead because the Chicago police felt he was a threat.
According to the Chicago Tribune, police are saying that Wrana had a knife. The family lawyer says there was no knife witnessed by staff members.
The end result is that police could not get the elderly man to surrender and because they felt at risk, they tasered him, and when that failed to subdue him, then shot him with a bean bag shotgun.
Some feel that this is overkill for a 95-year-old man who reportedly uses a walker.
Wrana’s stepdaughter was allowed to speak with her stepfather before he passed away from his injuries. He said, “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I love you and goodbye”.