CHICAGO
06/27/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

CeaseFire: Homicide Stats In Chicago Are Actually Down

Tio Hardiman knows Chicago's killing fields better than most people.

The director of CeaseFire Illinois keeps tabs on violent conflicts across the city. He and 120 workers broker truces -- sometimes literally getting between gunmen -- to stop the shooting.

So Hardiman's opinion on whether Chicago should allow the Illinois National Guard to safeguard the city carries some weight.

"It's a good scare tactic," he said. "But the brothers would unify to fight the system. You would have a throwback to the Black Panthers."

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