Violence Interrupters

Illinois Governor Candidate Tio Hardiman on Police Reform and Legalization

Tio Hardiman, Announces 2nd Bid for Governor


Tio Hardiman, who heads Violence Interrupters,…  mediate gang conflicts before they turn violent.

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Violence interrupter Tio Hardiman: “You have to go directly to the shooters to stop the killing””

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Remaining violence interrupters still trying to make a difference…”

Ceasefire violence interrupters stand along 79th Street outside Prime Time Food & Liquor store January 14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Ceasefire violence interrupters try and prevent violent crimes such as shootings before they happen by communicating with residents in the neighborhood, gang members and relatives of gang members. (Photo by Joshua Lott for The Trace)

Ceasefire violence interrupters stand along 79th Street outside Prime Time Food & Liquor store January 14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Ceasefire violence interrupters try and prevent violent crimes such as shootings before they happen by communicating with residents in the neighborhood, gang members and relatives of gang members. (Photo by Joshua Lott for The Trace)

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The Chicago Way Documentary…”


30 Year Old Man With A Gunshot Wounds To The Head And More…”


“Being Black Can Cost You Your Life…Tio Hardiman”


Anti-Violence Activists Call On Funding For Outreach; Turn To NYC for Help


Chicago Activists Recommend Solutions To Curb City’s Spiking Violence‪

As Chicago marks the deadliest month in 20 years, activists are offering up ideas on ways to tackle the city’s soaring gun violence.


Frustrated Top Cop Calls for Tougher Gun Laws ‪


Activists continue small but vocal protest against police violence ‪

People protest police brutality as a rally makes its way to Trump Tower in downtown Chicago on July 9, 2016. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)


Protesters March Through Downtown Chicago ‪


Demonstrators take to Chicago streets again to protest police shootings ‪


Chicago Sees Dip In Violence This Fourth of July Weekend ‪


Springfield’s ‘violence interrupters’ hit the streets ‪


Chicago Police Ramp Up Patrols Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend ‪


Activists Hold Peace March After Girl, 1, Wounded In Shooting ‪#‎ViolenceInterrupters‬ ‪


Community outraged over 1-year-old shot ‪#‎ViolenceInterrupters‬ ‪


Activists march after girl, 1, wounded in shooting ‪#‎ViolenceInterrupters‬ ‪


Let’s All Unify To Help Interrupt The Cycle of Violence Worldwide!‪#‎ViolenceInterrupters‬ ‪


Standing up with Chicago Public School Teachers today. ‪#‎ViolenceInterrupters‬ ‪

Standing up with Chicago Public School Teachers today. #ViolenceInterrupters #ZerlinaSmith #IncreasetheHarvest #WestsideDFA

Posted by Tio Hardiman on Friday, April 1, 2016


We Demand Justice Now! ‪#‎ViolenceInterrupters‬

Here with Spoken Word Aritst Peter “Esaun” Keller with a moving Tribute to #MichaelBrown #RekiaBoyd #SandraBland #LaquanMcDonald #EricGarner #QunitonioLegrier #BettieJones and many more. We Demand Justice Now! Feel free to share this post with your friends.

Posted by Tio Hardiman on Sunday, March 20, 2016


Promoting Peace in the Austin Community with Hip Hop Artist Killah Dreads.

Promoting Peace in the Austin Community with Hip Hop Artist Killah Dreads. #ViolenceInterrupters Spread the word. Life is always better than death. #StayAlive

Posted by Tio Hardiman on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Tio Hardiman has dedicated his life to saving lives in Chicago and all Across the United States.

Tio Hardiman, CEO of Violence Interrupters, NFP. Master’s Degree in Inner City Studies. Tio Hardiman has dedicated…

Posted by Fenise Fouse on Thursday, March 31, 2016


Supporting the Chicago Teachers Union today on the Westside of Chicago. Central and Madison.

Supporting the Chicago Teachers Union today on the Westside of Chicago. Central and Madison. #ViolenceInterrupters # Increase the Harvest #WestsideDFA #ZerlinaSmith

Posted by Tio Hardiman on Friday, April 1, 2016


Good news, Violence Interrupters coming to Springfield, Ohio.

Good news, Violence Interrupters coming to Springfield, Ohio.

Posted by Tio Hardiman on Sunday, March 27, 2016


The Execution of Laquan McDonald

There was no reason at all for Police Officer Jason Van Dyke to cross the line and shoot Laquan McDonald sixteen times. This particular shooting represents an execution style murder for hire. What was this officer thinking as he fired his weapon several times on this young African American male? Did he feel threatened? Or was he thinking about the culture of violence that exists amongst some police officers nationwide… Read More


Chicago protests continue: ‘Shoot me 16 times officer, I dare you’

It was a busy, loud, and at some points, a bit contentious night of marching, chanting and protesting in Chicago. Demonstrators beat the drum of dissatisfaction about what happened to Laquan McDonald and how the investigation was handled… Read More


Steppers story trailer


Death of An Addict trailer


The Interrupters Sundance trailer


America’s Mass-Shooting Capital Is Chicago

CHICAGO — Four men and two women were shot on April 5 last year, then five weeks later a 15-year-old boy and two men were shot.

Another 15-year-old boy and two men were shot in July. Three men were shot on August 21. Three men and a 73-year-old woman were shot in September. Again in September, two boys ages 12 and 16 were shot along with an 18-year-old man. Two women and one man were shot on that same block on Nov. 19… Read More


Ex-Bear Clark and wife face charges in Vernon Hills; say they’re victims of racism

Former Chicago Bears star Desmond Clark says he never experienced racism growing up in Florida… Read More


Neighbors ‘traumatized’ on block where pregnant mom, grandma killed

How does a block get back to normal after witnessing a grandmother and a pregnant mother getting killed, and an 11-month-old boy and two others injured in a drive-by shooting on a warm day in early fall that brought everyone out on their porches?… Read More


One Violence “Interrupter’s” Advice for President Obama

When he announced a new commission to study gun violence on Wednesday, President Barack Obama linked the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary to the everyday violence in America’s inner cities.“We may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened,” he said. “We do know that every day since, more Americans have died of gun violence. …Violence that we cannot accept as routine.”… Read More




Activists, residents demand McCarthy’s ouster over Brown comments

There’s a growing chorus of community discontent over Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy’s statements in the aftermath of 7-year-old Amari Brown’s July 4 murder, with some activists and residents even calling for the top cop’s ouster. Brown was shot in the chest while enjoying the Fourth of July with his family in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Police say the bullet was meant for the boy’s father, Antonio Brown, who they say is a ranking gang member. Brown also has an extensive arrest record… Read More


26 N. Halsted: Stopping Gun Violence

Violence Interrupters, Inc. is on the front lines in trying to stop the gun violence in the community… See Video Here


“You can’t police self-hatred,” says leading anti-violence advocate

Tio Hardiman, the former gubernatorial candidate and anti-violence advocate recently sat down for an interview with Austin Weekly News. Hardiman, who currently heads Violence Interrupters, Inc., has announced that he’s running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (1st) in the upcoming 2016 election. Below, Hardiman reflects on Austin’s epidemic of violence and clarifies his separation from CeaseFire Illinois, the organization with which he was once synonymous… Read More


“Democracy and Social Crises PART I”>Democracy and Social Crises PART I


Shootings spike in the summer in Chicago

Tio Hardiman, the executive director of Violence Interrupted, discusses gun violence in the black community… Read More


Let’s Talk About Myths….


Violence Interrupters helps Freeport teen pursue college dream

FREEPORT — Isaiah Ramos, like many high school athletes, hopes to play in college.But basketball is not just a recreational activity. For Ramos, basketball is a tool to help him stay focused on achieving his goals. Ramos played on the Freeport High School varsity team during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons and credits basketball with helping him stayed focused to graduate from the Freeport Alternative High School… Read More


Hundreds march in Zion to protest police shooting of teen

The group began its march at 2 p.m. at 24th and Galilee in Zion — about the same time and place Justus Howell was shot twice in the back last week by the cop, a nine-year veteran of the far north suburban police department whose name has not been released but who has been put on paid leave pending an investigation of the shooting… Read More


Time for top cop to go! say Chicago activists

CHICAGO ( – Anti-police brutality activists are demanding the resignation of city police chief Garry McCarthy and a federal investigation of the department in light of a report showing pervasive use of a controversial “stop and frisk” practice that disproportionately targeted the city’s Black population… Read More


West Side Activists Want To Meet With McCarthy To Discuss Violence

Activists in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side have demanded a meeting with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, to come up with solutions to violent crime in a community that has more murders than any other. “It’s going to be a long, hot summer,” said Rev. Ira Acree, as he stood with a group of community activists on the 5800 block of West North Avenue on Wednesday. The street is where 23-year-old Andre Chatman and 28-year-old Carey Hollis were slain in a drive-by shooting in broad daylight this past weekend… Read More


Chicagos bästa skola

De flesta allmänna skolor i USA är fortfarande segregerade, rasåtskillnaden är fortfarande verklighet och de svarta skolorna ofta sämre men det finns undantag…  Read More


Violence Interrupters seeks to build relationships and reduce violent crime in Freeport

FREEPORT — When his friend Tim McGraw was murdered two years ago, Billy Brooks decided it was time to help bring an end to violent crime in the city. Brooks, an ex-convict and lifelong Freeport resident, is hoping to make that change with Violence Interupters, a program that experts say can be helpful in reducing violent crime…  Read More


Even $25 million can’t keep wrongfully convicted Chicago man out of trouble

Thaddeus “TJ” Jimenez was sitting in his parked Lamborghini Gallardo on the Northwest Side last year when a cop came up and busted him for marijuana possession. It was Jimenez’s seventh arrest since he hit the figurative lottery, winning a $25 million jury verdict in 2012 in a wrongful-conviction lawsuit against the city of Chicago stemming from a murder conviction that was later vacated… Read More

Intertribal Problems Stuck on Stupid

We are going into our fifth month of demonstrations and actions all over the USA about police violence and sanctioned summary judgment. Hearing, reading, seeing the news, it seems as if brutality, terror, and torture are breaking out worldwide, with beheadings and mass killings happening at, perhaps, a quickening rate. Violence meeting violence to make more violence, intertribal problems stuck on stupid, here and abroad…


Tio Hardiman, the Energizer Bunny of candidates

Former Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tio Hardiman called the other day to tell me he’s embarking on an extensive downstate tour and laying the groundwork to run for “another higher level state or federal office.”… Read More


Quinn Loses 30 Counties to Democrat Primary Opponent Tio Hardiman

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn’s Democrat challenger Tio Hardiman managed to win 30 of 102 Illinois counties in this week’s primary election. An analysis of Tuesday’s results shows a divide in support for the governor, particularly in central and southern Illinois… Read More

Anti-violence activists protest across city, including at Obama home

At least two people were arrested during protests that sprang up across Chicago on Wednesday, including outside President Barack Obama’s home. About 200 people gathered and marched in Hyde Park and Kenwood Wednesday night, marching through the neighborhood and ending a short time after gathering in front of the Obama family home… Read More


Chicago’s “Violence Interrupters” Look to Open Chapter in Freeport

FREEPORT (WIFR) — Some people in Freeport say gang violence is worse than people in their city want to admit and they’re not going to wait for police to help fix the problem. Now a Chicago based organization is joining the fight against crime… Read More


Freeport Peace Dinner seeks end to senseless violence

FREEPORT — Bothered by the increase in violence and killings in Freeport, Scott Lewis, director of homeless services for the Freeport Area Church Cooperative, decided to enlist the help of Tio Hardiman, founder and executive director of Violence Interrupters… Read More


Southern Christian Leadership Conference Calls for More Police

Accountability in Chicago

In the wake of the non-indictment of Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson and New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced several new initiatives Wednesday to combat police brutality in Chicago, including a community-member review board and new SCLC Chicago office… Read More


Trayvon Martin parents to join rally for slain Missouri teen

(Reuters) – The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot dead in 2012, were expected to join the family of Michael Brown, killed by a police officer in Missouri this month, in a rally in St. Louis on Sunday to protest against police violence… Read More


Former CeaseFire Director to Host Peace Summit to Address Gun Violence

BRONZEVILLE — Organizers say an upcoming peace summit on the South Side is aimed at encouraging people to put their guns down and embrace one another with love… Read More


The Interruptors Film

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities… Read More


One Violence “Interrupter’s” Advice for President Obama

When he announced a new commission to study gun violence on Wednesday, President Barack Obama linked the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary to the everyday violence in America’s inner cities… Read More


Q&A: What’s Behind Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

Chicago homicides are up by 60 percent in the first three months of this year compared with last year, according to new Chicago Police Department data that also showed a sharp rise in non-fatal shootings during the same period. The spike comes despite the fact that additional police resources have been targeted in some of Chicago’s most dangerous, gang-ridden neighborhoods… Read More


Chicagoans protest police-involved killing as police commander is charged

Approximately 500 Chicago citizens protested near the Chicago Police Department’s Harrison District 11 headquarters, at 2842 West Polk Street on the city’s West Side, according to the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. The protests included the police-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Roshad McIntosh, one of two persons shot and killed by Chicago police on Sunday… Read More


Trayvon Martin parintz ta join ral fo’slain Missouri teen

(Reuterz) – Da parintz uv Trayvon Martin, da Florida teinaga shot dead n’ 2012, wuz expecte’ ta join da fami uv Michael Brown, kille’ by a po-leece offisah n’ Missouri dis month, n’ a ral n’ St. Louiz on Sunday ta protes’ agains’ po-leece violince… Read More



Chicago’s Long Road to Peace Is Paved With Community

Soaring temperatures aside, the city’s already simmering cauldron of unemployment, poor education and cultural legacy of violence has grown into a rolling boil of gunplay that has left a dizzying number of young people dead or wounded since the beginning of the season… Read More


Faith Leaders Key to Helping Animals in Chicago Neighborhoods

The cab driver didn’t recognize the South Side address I’d given him for The People’s Church of the Harvest, the church where I was headed to meet with pastors, reverends, bishops and evangelists on animal issues affecting their congregations. The church is in one of the underserved, forgotten neighborhoods of Chicago, a place my cabbie had never been and where many of these religious leaders do their best work… Read More


Georgia and John Garcia on Larry King tonight

Last night, Mike Vick got to be in the limelight on 60 Minutes (I haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet, an update will be forthcoming), but this will be a nice yang to last night’s program. Garcia has been great in previous interviews he’s done with Georgia… Read More

Brew City Bully Club Launches ‘End Dogfighting in Milwaukee’

MILWAUKEE — Representatives from The Humane Society of the United States and the Brew City Bully Club, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization, announced on Saturday the launch of End Dogfighting in Milwaukee, a program modeled after The HSUS’ successful End Dogfighting programs in Chicago and Atlanta… Read More


StubbyDog Hero: Tio Hardiman

I started The Chicago Campaign to Stop Animal Fighting more than four years ago, and things are really looking up. However, I’m also working as a special consultant to Humane Society of the United States to help bring more awareness to the African American community about humane treatment towards animals… Read More