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YouTube exec who called police in viral video apologizes, says own father was killed by a trespasser

Erin Woo, The Mercury News on

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In his statement Tuesday, Christopher Cukor does not go into detail about his father's death. He added that he had previously encountered trespassers in his building -- a Nob Hill highrise where two bedroom, two bathroom condos sell for upwards of $1.5 million -- and that he has been robbed several times by "bad actors" of "all different colors."

Cukor did not say whether he raised any of these concerns with Michel prior to calling 911. He does note that he later learned Michel was visiting a guest of a resident of the building, and says that "the building resident was not expecting Wesly."

Attempts to reach Michel for comment on Cukor's statement were unsuccessful. Cukor has similarly not responded to multiple requests for comment.

In a statement Monday, the San Francisco Police Department confirmed that officers had responded to the July 4 altercation, and after interviewing both men involved, determined no crime had occurred.

In his statement Tuesday, Cukor closed by apologizing to Michel, acknowledging the "terrible pattern" of white people calling 911 to report black people for seemingly trivial or nonexistent crimes. Stories and videos of these racial profiling incidents have proliferated across the internet in recent years, after a recording of a white woman calling police on two black men barbecuing near Oakland's Lake Merritt went viral.

 

"The last thing I ever intended was to echo that history -- and I'm sorry my actions caused Wesly to feel unfairly targeted due to his race," Cukor wrote.

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