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.
“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.”