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.