The City Attorney’s Office has filed assault charges against former Tacoma City Council candidate Michael Hardy stemming from an alleged fight at a military veterans’ party in July.
Hardy, 56, an electrician and former commander of Tacoma’s American Veterans Post No. 1 who this year unsuccessfully challenged Councilman David Boe, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of misdemeanor assault. He pleaded not guilty and has denied wrongdoing.
According to charging papers, Hardy assaulted two people — James Smith and Cristina Douthett — during an altercation at an event at the AmVets post in South Tacoma on July 30.
Smith told police Hardy became upset with him because he had suggested Hardy, a Massachusetts native who speaks with a Boston accent, needed to “work on his accent to improve his chances for running for city council,” a probable cause affidavit states.
“Hardy appeared to get over it and offered to buy Smith a beer,” the affidavit states. “Smith said that when Hardy came back he threw the beer in his face and was then hit in the head. Smith could not be sure if it was the (beer) mug or Hardy’s fist that hit him but that he lost consciousness for a few seconds and then saw Hardy push a female bartender.” Read more »