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Suicide bomber hospitalizes Chicago politician

LesWVaLesWVa Member Posts: 10,490 ✭✭
edited November 2016 in General Discussion
Howard Brookins Jr., the alderman for Chicago's 21st ward, had publicly spoken out about a toothy menace plaguing the city's garbage carts: urban squirrels, which in Brookins's view were "aggressive," and aggressively damaging the trash cart lids.

He now has another reason to dislike the rodents. One recently sent him to the hospital with a skull fracture in a "freak bicycle accident," as the alderman wrote on Facebook.

Brookins was biking along Cal-Sag Trail on Nov. 13, when a squirrel darted into his path. The squirrel cut Brookins's bike trip short by wrapping itself in the spokes of the alderman's bicycle. The alderman flipped over the handlebars and landed with such a severe impact that he fractured his skull, broke his nose and knocked out a handful of teeth, the Chicago Tribune reported. A woman who passed by called 911. Brookins was only able to leave the hospital Thursday.

"I can think of no other reason for this squirrel's actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge," the alderman said to the Tribune on Monday. He told the newspaper a full recovery was expected to take months.

Brookins had denounced the eastern gray squirrel just a few weeks before the accident. In mid-October, Brookins complained that "aggressive squirrels" were undermining the effort to overhaul the city's trash carts, reported the Chicago Sun Times. The squirrels were gnawing through the garbage cart lids at a cost of $300,000 to the city.

"It's a pet peeve. It does invoke some giggles. But we are spending too much money on replacing garbage carts because the squirrels continue to eat through 'em," Brookins said at a city council meeting on Oct. 21, according to the Sun Times. The alderman said that residents were repeatedly asking for replacement garbage cans, as the squirrels could chew through the lid within as little as two days.

After the accident, Brookins wrote on Facebook that he was okay, but he added he will undergo several surgeries "to recover from damage to my face and upper body." His chief of staff, James Ramos, told Chicagoist that Brookins was "in very good spirits" despite his "heavy damage."

The squirrel, however, was destined for the great Chicago garbage cart in the sky.


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    spasmcreekspasmcreek Member Posts: 37,724 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    it was reported the squirrels gave the suicide squirrel a RIP ceremony with HONORS and awarded it a medal celebrating the event and named a tree in its honor...
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    EVILDR235EVILDR235 Member Posts: 4,398 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Squirrel lives matter too. Thank goodness it wasn't a moose.

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    spasmcreekspasmcreek Member Posts: 37,724 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    if it was a moose ....they would name a lodge after it....may be mickey moose
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    allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,286 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    That is a funny story. Squirrels are cute and I like them but, really, they are just rats with furry tails.

    I had one who was perching on the railing of the porch and chewing on my dovetail notches. The little rat b****** was eating my house!
    Which is really weird, there is no nutritional value in white pine. I don't know why he was doing it, perhaps he was mentally challenged.
    I ran out there five or six time banging on pots and pans and ran him off.

    The last time, he ran off about 50 feet, but not far enough. He perched up in a sycamore tree and I got him right in the back with a .50 Savage muzzleloader, a 250 XTP at 2,800 fps. Wasn't much left.
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