Petition Asking RTD to Sever Ties with Security Company Gathers 3,000 Signatures
An online petition asking the Regional Transportation District to end its contract with Allied Universal has gotten more than 3,000 signatures. The motivation for the request was an April 2018 incident in which one of the company’s security guards beat a man in a Union Station bathroom, causing him brain damage.
“They have outsourced their liability by subcontracting a company,” said Jeff Campbell, referring to RTD at a press conference on Tuesday outside of the station. Campbell is the chair of Justice for Raverro, a campaign that advocates for ending the security contract and compensating artist Raverro Stinnett for his injuries.
According to The Denver Post, Stinnett, a Black artist, was coming home from a gala early in the morning when security guards confronted him multiple times, telling him there was a time limit on how long he could wait for his train. Stinnett, who had not reached the time limit, moved throughout the bus concourse. One of the officers, James Hunter, told Stinnett to go into the bathroom. Hunter followed him and beat him unconscious.