Obviously this is all just a big misunderstanding and his wife accidentally ran into his fist.
Tio Hardiman, the CeaseFire Illinois director arrested last week on charges that he beat his wife, insisted on his innocence Sunday and said he’s interested in one day having mediators “interrupting domestic violence.”
Hardiman, whose anti-violence organization employs former gang members as street-corner peacekeepers, said the time behind bars was instructive. While awaiting his bond court hearing Saturday, Hardiman said, he spoke with young men accused of domestic violence crimes who were “blaming women for all their problems.”
Sounds like this guy just opened up a new front in the War on Women.
Hardiman, who repeatedly said Sunday that he was not speaking on behalf of CeaseFire, believes he’ll be exonerated of charges that he beat his wife Friday and left her with a swollen lip, bruises and a cut on her neck.
Hardiman, 50, is charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He is free on bond and due back in court Tuesday. CeaseFire placed Hardiman on administrative leave after his arrest.
It’s unclear how Hardiman’s arrest might affect CeaseFire’s future. During last summer’s wave of shootings, the city gave CeaseFire for a one-year, $1 million contract to send mediators, called “violence interrupters,” into two troubled neighborhoods.
Maybe someone should send a violence interrupter to his home. Naturally, this clown in a big Obama fan.