Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Charges Rejected in Shoving of Vickers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Charges Rejected in Shoving of Vickers

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No charges will be filed against a police bodyguard for Rep. William L. Clay who was captured by TV cameras shoving one of Clay's opponents, a prosecutor says.

"There was contact, but no injury . . . and no criminal intent," St. Louis Circuit Attorney Dee Joyce-Hayes said this week in explaining her decision.

Police had applied for a warrant to charge Sgt. Donald Hardy with assaulting Eric Vickers, a lawyer who lost to Clay in this week's Democratic primary.

Police say two TV news crews taped Vickers going to Clay's headquarters in June to challenge the congressman to a debate.

The tapes show Fred Searcy, an aide to Clay, confronting Vickers. Searcy, a former police lieutenant, works full time for Clay.

As Searcy and Vickers talked, Hardy came 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. It was a blatant assault, and everybody witnessed it."

Afterward, Clay's aides led Vickers out of the campaign headquarters at 5621 Delmar Boulevard. …

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