UPDATE: Saturday, June 2, 8:14 a.m. CST:
CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman was released from jail after posting bond on a domestic battery charge, according to ABC 7. ABC 7 caught up with Hardiman as he was leaving the jail following an afternoon court appearance. He was represented by a public defender, reports Evelyn Holmes of ABC 7.
The head of the CeaseFire anti-violence group is in police custody in west suburban Hillside, facing a charge of battering his wife, ABC News reports. On Friday morning, “a victim came into the police station” to report a domestic battery, Hillside Police Chief Joseph Lukaszek said. The victim was the wife of Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois and creator of the Violence Interrupter Initiative, the chief said.
Hillside police went to Hardiman’s home in the west suburb and arrested him, Lukaszek said. Hardiman, charged with one count of domestic battery, was in custody Friday, the chief said, and will remain behind bars until a bond hearing Saturday in Chicago. As the head of the controversial violence intervention group CeaseFire, Hardiman has been a leader in the anti-violence movement in some of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods.
Read more at ABC News.
Hardiman has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement at the Cure Violence web site, which is the parent organization of CeaseFire Illinois.
“We are troubled to learn of the allegations concerning Mr. Hardiman, Director of CeaseFire Illinois, and take these allegations very seriously,” Gary Slutkin, founder and director of Cure Violence wrote. “While we are still looking into the facts of this situation, Mr. Hardiman has been placed on administrative leave.”
Further, he stated, “We are deeply concerned about all acts – or potential acts of violence, but we are especially saddened when it might happen within our community or family.”
Read the entire statement at Cure Violence.