Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Plan to Seek Charges against Aide to Clay over Shove

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Plan to Seek Charges against Aide to Clay over Shove

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St. Louis police will seek criminal charges against a police sergeant who they said assaulted an opponent of U.S. Rep. William L. Clay at the congressman's campaign headquarters.

The sergeant, Donald Hardy, has served as a part-time bodyguard for Clay, police said Wednesday.

The man Hardy allegedly assaulted, Eric Vickers, is a lawyer seeking to unseat Clay in the Democratic primary race.

When Clay opened a new campaign headquarters last Friday, Vickers showed up and challenged him to a debate.

Police said a TV news crew taped what happened next:

Clay moved away from Vickers. One of Clay's aides, Fred Searcy, then confronted Vickers. Searcy is a former police lieutenant who used to be a part-time bodyguard for Clay. Now retired, Searcy works for the congressman.

As Searcy and Vickers talked, Hardy - who was off duty - walked up behind Vickers and appeared to strike or push him in the upper body, said Inspector of Police Ray Lauer.

Vickers said Hardy "shoved me in the face with both hands. …

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