Poor Tio feels shipwrecked and abandoned after getting fired from his cushy job running CeaseFire – a group that hires gang members to be “interrupters” to “prevent” crime. (And the U of I Chicago runs this farce?)
That’s after (allegedly) beating and kicking his wife so badly she had bruises and swelling the next morning.
Chicago (Tribune) – The longtime head of an anti-violence group that works to stem gang shootings in Chicago was dismissed Monday, just days after his arrest on a charge that he beat up his wife.
The University of Illinois at Chicago, which operates CeaseFire Illinois, said the contract of Tio Hardiman as director would not be renewed at the end of the month.
Reached by telephone, Hardiman said he felt betrayed by CeaseFire and its founder Dr. Gary Slutkin, who initially expressed support for him after the arrest Friday.
“I feel shipwrecked and abandoned,” Hardiman said Monday night. “I feel Dr. Gary Slutkin in particular is dead wrong with all of the heavy lifting I’ve done with CeaseFire during my entire career.”
…Over the weekend, Hardiman, 50, insisted on his innocence on the charge of misdemeanor domestic battery. He was accused of punching and kicking his wife, Alison, at their west suburban Hillside home, leaving her with a swollen lip, bruises and a cut on her neck. He was released from Cook County Jail and is due back in court Tuesday.
You’re right Tio. It should have been FELONY domestic battery as you had an earlier conviction for beating ANOTHER woman from 1999.
Domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has … any prior conviction under the law of another jurisdiction for any offense that is substantially similar to the offenses listed in this Section, when any of these offenses have been committed against a family or household member. In addition to any other sentencing alternatives