Reporting Steve Miller
CHICAGO (CBS) – It was a month-and-a-half ago when a 95-year-old World War Two veteran was tased and then shot with a beanbag round by Park Forest police. He died later.
Now his family says police still haven’t given them enough answers, as WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.
John Wrana’s stepdaughter Sharon Mangerson says there’s no doubt that Park Forest police overreacted and used too much fire power at the nursing home that day.
“Excessive. Truly excessive,”said Sharon Mangerson.
The family and their lawyer called reporters together, not to announce a lawsuit – at least not yet – but to publicly ask police for answers.
“There are so many lawsuits done in this country and in this world today that are ridiculous. I don’t believe in that,” said Sharon Mangerson.
“But I certainly want somebody to be accountable for this – and accountable for the next instance that the police are overly aggressive… or not trained properly.”
Mangerson’s attorney says police kept nursing home staff away – rather than ask for their help in talking to Wrana.
“Police reported top hospital staff, according to records we received that they tasered John, but ‘the taser didn’t take,’ then proceeded to shoot John three times with bean bags in the abdomen and that John ‘was about five feet away’ at the time,” said Wrana family attorney Nicholas Grapsas.
His family insists, it was all unnecessary.
“Close the door, back out of the room and let him fall asleep. Probably an hour or so, he’d be dozing, out of it, problem solved,” said grandson Steve Manderson.
Both Park Forest Police and Illinois State Police have indicated they’re investigating Wrana’s death.
Park Forest Police insist Wrana was armed with a 12-inch butcher knife, but Wrana’s family never saw a knife in his room and their lawyer says, Victory Center staff didn’t either.
As for the investigation, a state police spokesperson says there is no timetable, but similar probes sometimes take months.