Battery Charges Dismissed Against Tio Hardiman

Wife of former CeaseFire Illinois leader drops charges

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 12:49 PM CDT
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Attorneys, Hardiman React to Order of Protection Ruling

Tio Hardiman and his wife are planning to work on their marriage.

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Hardiman: "I Did Not Touch My Wife"

Charged with domestic battery, the head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire says he'll fight the charges. But his wife's attorney accuses Hardiman of attacking her, even though she recently suffered a stroke. Michelle Relerford reports.

Attorneys, Hardiman React to Order of Protection Ruling

A judge granted an order of protection for the wife of Tio Hardiman, the head of an anti-violence group in Chicago, after he allegedly punched and kicked his wife. Prosecutors said his wife was "beaten like an animal," but Hardiman claims he never touched his wife.
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Prosecutors say they've dismissed a domestic battery charge against the former head of a Chicago anti-violence group after his wife said she wanted the charges dropped.

Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon says the office also terminated the order of protection. They say Tio Hardiman's wife said during a court hearing Tuesday that she no longer wanted it. Gordon says Hardiman's wife told the judge she loves her husband and wants to work on their marriage.

Hardiman was arrested in May and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after his wife reported he punched and kicked her. Hardiman has denied the allegations.

After Hardiman's arrest, the parent organization of the group that Hardiman headed, CeaseFire Illinois, announced it would not renew his contract when it expired June 30.

Prosecutors alleged that an argument concerning "family matters" led to Hardiman's wife being struck in the head, back, neck, face and torso.

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