CHICAGO (CN) - Suburban Chicago police shot a 95-year-old WWII veteran to death with bean bag rounds at short range because he refused to go to the hospital, his stepdaughter claims in court. Sharon Mangerson, stepdaughter of the late John Wrana Jr., sued the Village of Park Forest on Friday, and its police Officers Clifford Butz, Michael Baugh, Craig Taylor, Lloyd Elliot, Charlie Hoskins and Mitch Greer in Federal Court.He refused to obey orders! That cannot be allowed! You vill go to das Krankenhaus!
Note: no crime had been committed. There was no basis of any kind for police to take him into custody, however temporarily they may have intended it. No one had lawful authority to require him to go.
This was murder, pure and simple, and the officers involved should feel the full weight of charges of criminal homicide fall upon them. But they won't.
And some people still wonder whether this country is headed for a police state?
And here is an update on the infant whom a SWAT team basically blew up in his own crib while raiding a house to arrest a man who never lived there and was not present, nor where any drugs that M-16 equipped SWAT officers searched the home for.
Update: IMO both events are outcomes of police forces viewing the public more and more as their enemies to be subdued, even killed if necessary, rather than as citizens to be protected and, if apprehended, to do so with as little force as necessary. Instead, police forces are coming more and more to act like what Marine Gen. James Mattis told his troops about the Iraqis in the height of the Iraq war: "Be polite, be respectful, and have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
And this is all encouraged, indeed subsidized by the US government, which has been heavily militarizing America;s police departments for years.