An Illinois alderman beat an injured raccoon to death, hosed the blood from the sidewalk and claimed he solved the problem.
Now, some people are looking to solve a different kind of problem - namely, Larry TenPas, the do-it-yourself alderman whose astounding lack of empathy with living things has horrified thousands.
Earlier this month, resident Carol Alleman was awaiting the arrival of animal control officers after reporting a disoriented animal outside her home, the Lake County News-Sun reports.
Before they arrived, she peered out her window to see a man "whaling" on the raccoon.
She later identified him as her local alderman.
"I saw him hit it 12 times at least," Alleman said. "The raccoon was suffering. It was trying to get away from him and it wasn't able to. ... I was sickened."