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Is Union Station, “Denver’s Living Room,” Really Open to All?

On May 17, a skinny fifty-year-old black man showed up at the Den­ver Police Department’s Dis­trict 5 head­quar­ters in Mont­bello to report an assault that had taken place nearly a month ear­lier. Offi­cer Theresa Bergstrom was on hand to take down the man’s account, and it was quite a tale: He claimed that mul­ti­ple pri­vate secu­rity guards had beaten him up inside a bath­room at Union Sta­tion nearly a month ear­lier, dur­ing the early hours of April 20.

Given how much time had passed since the alleged inci­dent, Bergstrom had a few ques­tions. If the man’s story of a beat­ing by pri­vate secu­rity guards was true, why hadn’t he called 911 at the time of the assault, or at least reported it earlier?

“I was in the hos­pi­tal for a week, and it’s only been three weeks,” the man responded.

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