Just a few days after Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced new police patrols on the the city's 16th Street Mall to help pedestrians and businesses feel safer, a video posted on Facebook shows a shirtless man attacking people there with a long piece of plastic piping.
The video, by Caleb Bonham, a Denver media consultant, was shot looking out the window of his 16th Street office. As of this morning, the post had notched 1.3 million views, 16,000 shares and 5,000 comments.
The mall is one of Denver’s top tourist destinations, but it also attracts the homeless, panhandlers, and what the mayor has called a "scourge of hoodlums." The police plan to pour more than $500,000 into a beefed up presence in the area.
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