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Kass exclusive: Suburban officer charged in 95-year-old's death (ILLINOIS)
chicago tribune ^ | Apr 2, 2014 | John Kass

Posted on 04/02/2014 8:31:34 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Kass exclusive: Suburban officer charged in 95-year-old's death

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass discusses charges filed in the death of 95-year-old John Wrana. John Kass

April 2, 2014

An officer was charged this morning in the police killing of 95-year-old John Wrana, the World War II veteran who was fatally shot with beanbag rounds in his apartment at a south suburban senior facility last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office said patrolman Craig Taylor, 43, was charged with one count of reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony. Taylor has been with the Park Forest Police Department since January, 2004.

Taylor is expected to appear before a judge later today at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building. The case is being handled by the special prosecutions unit.

Wrana, who had served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Burma during World War II, was just weeks shy of his 96th birthday when the confrontation occurred with police at the Victory Centre assisted-living center in July 2013.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; beanbag; brutality; cookcounty; cops; govtabuse; guncontrol; guns; police; recklessconduct; secondamendment; statesattorney; tyranny

1 posted on 04/02/2014 8:31:34 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Girl: The only game I ever played was beanbag.

WC Fields: Beanbag? Ah, very good; it becomes very exciting at times. I saw the championship played in Paris. Many people were killed.


2 posted on 04/02/2014 8:34:10 AM PDT by DManA
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To: KeyLargo

is that part of obamacare?


3 posted on 04/02/2014 8:34:47 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: DManA

How Police Became a Standing Army

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, Radley Balko, PublicAffairs, 400 pages
By John Payne • January 2, 2014

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-police-became-a-standing-army/


4 posted on 04/02/2014 8:34:59 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I don’t know. Looks more like felony murder to me.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 8:36:08 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: KeyLargo

The cop will get off with a slap on the wrist; they always do.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 8:40:02 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

The charge carries probation to three years according to the article.


7 posted on 04/02/2014 8:43:27 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Probation to three years?

Ouch!


8 posted on 04/02/2014 8:45:45 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: KeyLargo
You give a bunch of scared cops a bunch of toys and they just look for an excuse to use them.

All they needed to do was to leave the old boy alone and everything would have worked out. At 95 years of age, if the man decided not to take his medicine he should have been left alone - period. In a case where the officer fired at the man 5 times with LTL beanbags from 5-8 feet, the officer should be charged with 2nd (or 3rd depending upon state definition) degree murder. Minimum distance with LTL beanbags is 15 feet.

9 posted on 04/02/2014 8:45:45 AM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: sitetest

Maybe Officer Craig Taylor was educating students four years ago on how to shoot senior citizens with a shotgun...

25 May 2009

School District 162 Education Trip

Officers Julius Moore and Craig Taylor escorted students from School District 162 for an overnight outdoor education trip at Northern Illinois University. They acted as both chaperones and mentors to the young students.

http://www.enewspf.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7745:remember-the-fallen-on-memorial-day&catid=1:latest-local-news&Itemid=88889791


10 posted on 04/02/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
Let's see. The cop deliberately fires five beanbag rounds from a 12 guage shotgun at 95 year old man who needs a walker to get around. This was at a distance of 6-8 feet, even though the cop was trained to fire the shotgun at a minimum of 15 feet.

And all the cop is charged with is reckless conduct, sort of like forgetting to completely put out a campfire.

Oh wait. The cops said the old man brandished a cane, a knife, and a 2-foot-long metal shoehorn that they initially thought was a machete.

Maybe the old man hobbled towards them with a cane in one hand and the shoehorn in the other. And maybe he had the knife in his teeth, like a pirate.

So certainly there was no need to try to de-escalate the situation and just wait the old vet out.

11 posted on 04/02/2014 8:48:50 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: KeyLargo
How sad. For the last few months, I've spent all my evenings in the memory unit of an assisted living facility.

Some residents there can be belligerent and the nurses tell me of a few who can hit sometimes, but all are frail and fragile, not one of sound mind nor body.

I can't imagine needing to use, let alone doing, that sort of violence to people in that condition.

How fearful and heartless. It's no wonder that type shoots dogs while doing the job they have no business doing.

12 posted on 04/02/2014 8:49:02 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Raven6
Given that the cop didn't actually intend to kill the guy... which is an assumption, but I think a reasonable one... that still leaves us with at least a charge of manslaughter, or negligent homicide.

I want to see this cop held to the same standard that anyone one else would be judged by.

13 posted on 04/02/2014 8:51:19 AM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: KeyLargo; Alaska Wolf; TexasFreeper2009
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14 posted on 04/02/2014 8:52:00 AM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: null and void

The training works!

15 posted on 04/02/2014 8:55:38 AM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: Raven6

Don’t try this at home.

The poor, WWII 95 year-old veteran never stood a chance.

See the violent effect of a .12 ga bean bag round on a big fat cop wearing soft body armor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idXlzfPuyZM


16 posted on 04/02/2014 8:57:06 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Oberon

Charges should be enhanced with the additional ‘Under color of Authority’. Police need to be held at a higher standard considering their training and status-—having privileges/responsibilities not afforded the ordinary citizen.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT by yadent
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To: Raven6
At 95 years of age, if the man decided not to take his medicine he should have been left alone - period.

exactly! that is what my parents' doctor told us about our 90-year old father and 88-year old mother... both are pretty darn healthy... and stubborn!

18 posted on 04/02/2014 9:16:35 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: KeyLargo

The level of belligerence from cops lately is staggering. The “us” vs. “them” mentality is a plague upon most departments—especially in the cities and suburban counties.

We’re all suspects in their eyes these days.


19 posted on 04/02/2014 9:24:35 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal
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To: Mr. K

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20 posted on 04/02/2014 9:56:23 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Interesting... if you or I commit a similar crime we would be overcharged with dozens of felonies, elder abuse, etc., as well as a trumped up murder one, and anything else the prosecutor could dream up, with the hope that we would accept a plea bargain to murder two or manslaughter. However, for Officer Friendly, just one charge on the lowest level felony they can come up with, that he will probably either beat, or plead down to a misdemenour. Not all animals are equal it seems.


21 posted on 04/02/2014 10:00:08 AM PDT by LambSlave
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To: LambSlave

Illinois

(720 ILCS 5/12-5) (from Ch. 38, par. 12-5)
Sec. 12-5. Reckless conduct.
(a) A person commits reckless conduct when he or she, by any means lawful or unlawful, recklessly performs an act or acts that:
(1) cause bodily harm to or endanger the safety of

another person; or
(2) cause great bodily harm or permanent disability

or disfigurement to another person.
(b) Sentence.
Reckless conduct under subdivision (a)(1) is a Class A misdemeanor. Reckless conduct under subdivision (a)(2) is a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11.)


22 posted on 04/02/2014 10:08:36 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Oberon
In my state, an intent to wound that results in death will get you a murder 2 charge... The beanbag rounds will wound, without a doubt, and in this case caused a death.

Now... Having said all of this... I am a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement firearms instructor and travel all over the country. I have taught at the annual training conferences for ILEETA and IALEFI, and my company has staff there every year, teaching the instructors. We do all we can to get people to think and use common sense... Common sense keeps the bad things from happening. (My dad was flush with common sense and not once in his entire law enforcement career did he have to fire his weapon. He wasn't beyond putting a good hickory shampoo on someone that had beat a child, or a woman - that help slow down the repeat business. This was pre-Miranda, BTW.) The problem is that not all instructors do this.

Many academies now days instill a "you are the hammer, they are the nail" mentality in graduates. I've watched it happen over the past 25 years or so. The only problem is that not everyone really is a nail. The "go home at the end of your shift" attitude is fine as long as the person is using common sense. When common sense disappears, you end up with innocent people dying... Not to mention the family dogs. That is a whole other issue... That seems to have become a "if you can get away with it you can get ahead in the count" game. Don't even get me started on that...

23 posted on 04/02/2014 10:39:23 AM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: KeyLargo
No mention of death.

The officer was obviously undercharged, and should have been charged with manslaughter/2nd degree murder, possibly first degree murder because they deliberately "regrouped" with a Taser, the beanbag shotgun, and a drawn pistol.

Also: Why were the other officers not charged?

24 posted on 04/02/2014 10:40:45 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: KeyLargo

But the Cops went home safe to their families, and that’s what matters...


25 posted on 04/02/2014 10:45:39 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: pierrem15

“No mention of death.

The officer was obviously undercharged, and should have been charged with manslaughter/2nd degree murder, possibly first degree murder because they deliberately “regrouped” with a Taser, the beanbag shotgun, and a drawn pistol.

Also: Why were the other officers not charged?”

Yes, you or I would have been charged with the greater offense.

(720 ILCS 5/9-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 9-3)
Sec. 9-3. Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide.
(a) A person who unintentionally kills an individual without lawful justification commits involuntary manslaughter if his acts whether lawful or unlawful which cause the death are such as are likely to cause death or great bodily harm to some individual, and he performs them recklessly

(d) Sentence.
(1) Involuntary manslaughter is a Class 3 felony.

http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K9-3

What Is Involuntary Manslaughter in Illinois?
By Andrew Lu on March 6, 2013 7:55 AM

Involuntary manslaughter in Illinois is the least severe of the homicide charges in the state.

Unlike murder charges, involuntary manslaughter involves unintentional killings. So while a defendant usually has an intent to kill the victim in a first or second degree murder case, when it comes to involuntary manslaughter, the killing is usually an accident or the result of a reckless act.

For example, someone who fires off a gun to celebrate July Fourth may be charged with involuntary manslaughter if the shooting accidentally kills a neighbor.

How to Prove Involuntary Manslaughter?

To prove involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors generally have to show that the accused person acted recklessly. This means that the defendant disregarded substantial and unjustifiable risks that a reasonable person would have exercised, like not firing a gun in celebration in a crowded room.

Involuntary manslaughter is distinguished from murder because prosecutors do not have to show the defendant acted “knowing” that his actions would cause death or serious injury.

How Is Involuntary Manslaughter Punished?

Involuntary manslaughter is typically classified as a Class 3 felony in Illinois. Someone convicted of this charge can face up to five years in jail. In contrast, someone convicted of murder faces a possible life sentence.

However, a defendant should know that aggravating circumstances may exist which can elevate involuntary manslaughter to a Class 2 felony. Some aggravating circumstances can include whether the victim is a peace officer or if the victim is a family member of the defendant.

Potential Defenses

Some common defenses to involuntary manslaughter can include:

Self defense,
An accidental as opposed to a reckless act, and
Insanity.

Perhaps the most common defense is arguing that the killing was not reckless. A defendant can offer that he exercised reasonable care in his actions and that the death was just an unfortunate accident.

http://chicagocriminalattorneysblog.com/2013/03/what-is-involuntary-manslaughter-in-illinois.html


26 posted on 04/02/2014 11:03:22 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

The stupid cop doing the shooting missed the vest and shot him in the ass cheek. Trained professional? Shooting skills equal to that of a gang banger.


27 posted on 04/02/2014 11:15:48 AM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: Kozak

Most likely the killer cop will claim racism, that he was charged criminally only because he is Black and his victim is White.


28 posted on 04/02/2014 4:37:49 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: metalurgist

“Taylor, who was about seven feet from Wrana, then shot a beanbag from a shotgun at Wrana and then shot four more, causing Wrana to bend over, according to the prosecutor.

Based on the training Taylor received, the optimum firing distance for that weapon was a minimum of 15 feet, Delaney said, and Taylor also should have considered Wrana’s age before shooting.

“Even after the missed Taser attempt, the officers still could have safely retreated from his room before resorting to violence, and the defendant himself chose to open fire on Wrana, failing to consider the full effect five beanbag rounds fired in quick succession, at close range, would have upon a 95-year-old man,” Delaney said.”


29 posted on 04/03/2014 8:20:00 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
I was referring to the U Tube video you posted.
30 posted on 04/03/2014 12:14:53 PM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: KeyLargo

BTW the cop is black and the 95 yo is white.

So here we go again—

a white cop is involved in the death of a black person—its right to the front page

A black cop is involved in the death of a white person—no coverage to be found


31 posted on 01/16/2015 11:32:15 AM PST by Cubs Fan (Is it open season on black men? No, it's open season on white cops)
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To: Jack Hammer

It’s open season on old white military veterans.

Park Forest cop acquitted in fatal beanbag shooting of WWII vet

By Jason Meisner Chicago Tribune contact the reporter
Feb 4, 2015

The judge was only halfway through his ruling Wednesday when it became clear that Park Forest police Officer Craig Taylor would not be held criminally responsible for firing beanbag rounds at a knife-wielding World War II veteran who died hours later of internal bleeding.

In describing Taylor’s actions that night in July 2013, Cook County Associate Judge Luciano Panici began using terms like “fearing for his life” and “reasonable use of force.”

But Taylor continued to listen calmly, eyes downcast at the defense table, the courtroom gallery behind him packed with uniformed cops showing their support. It wasn’t until Panici uttered the words “not guilty” that the 10-year veteran officer dropped his head and sobbed for a moment, then jumped up and hugged his wife tightly, his face buried in her shoulder.

Across the courtroom, relatives of the 95-year-old victim, John Wrana Jr., held each other in the Markham courtroom, tears in their eyes.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-wrana-beanbag-shooting-verdict-met-20150204-story.html#page=1


32 posted on 02/05/2015 6:11:44 AM PST by KeyLargo
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