A 95 year old WWII veteran named John Wrana was killed over the weekend when police were called to his room in the retirement home he was living in. Unable to calm him down, police equipped with riot gear used both a taser then later a beanbag fired from a shotgun. Wrana later died from internal bleeding caused by the beanbag shotgun. Chicago Tribune article --- So it looks like a group of "tough guy" cops equipped with riot gear needed to subdue a 95 year old man with a taser and a beanbag shotgun, both claimed to be "less lethal" force. What was it about this 95 year old man that the police felt fear for their lives? Was it his walker? Was it his cane? Was it his senility? Was it his wrinkly skin? Was it his crankiness? Perhaps it was it his bad hip or how high he wears his pants? There are conflicting accounts about what happened in this case. There's the version from the police where they claim to being threatened by a geriatric person that needed a walker to get around, of course. Then the version where the living assistance staff wanted to get in the room where Wrana was so they can actually help calm him down. On top of that, the people who knew him best made no mention of this man ever being a threat to anyone. Personally, I think the police department is in full CYA mode and claim to being threatened by a man who needed a walker. And if that's the case, these old-man shooters aren't so tough if they can't handle a 95 year old man, which in turn is such a weak case being made for self-defense. What are we coming to as a society when those who are hired to work for the public can't wait to use excessive force especially against the weakest among us?