DENVER - Denver's police chief said the department should have released video before Monday of a man being beaten by a group of men at the 30th Avenue and Downing Street light rail station on Sept. 18.
"In hindsight, we absolutely should have released this information earlier to the community. That's the bottom line," Denver Police Department Police Chief Robert White said in a news conference Tuesday.
One person, 18-year-old Daishawn Matthews, has been arrested. Police are looking for five others.
The video shows several young men attacking and beating a 23-year-old victim. A Denver Police spokesman said the man was not seriously injured. The victim was taken to the hospital.
White said in most cases, detectives try to solve a crime or get as much information as they can before going to the public for information because they want witnesses to identify people without seeing suspects' faces on TV.
"When you have a witness and you release this alert, we would like to independently have a witness identify the individuals without the alert because a lot of times people say 'Oh yeah, that's the person we saw,' so that's the challenge," White said.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app or by calling 720-913-STOP(7867).
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