Video: Post reporter sees Christopher Lucki's hate crime against anti-discrimination official
Christopher Lucki's moniker definitely doesn't apply to his current problems with the law.
Not only has he been accused of a bias-motivated crime, but the victim of his alleged actions is an official charged with fighting discrimination. And to make matters even worse from his perspective, a Denver Post reporter saw him do it and shot a video afterward of him admitting it -- although when asked to identify himself, he declared, "Motherfucker's my name." See the clip and get details below.
Lucki's Facebook page doesn't feature any material speaking to overt prejudice -- just typically random updates and occasional shots of hot girls interspersed with images of himself like this one.
However, the allegations described in an arrest affidavit on view below suggest issues with folks boasting a certain complexion and facial features and/or mental-health challenges.
At about 1:40 p.m. on August 28, the report says Sunila Tomas-George was sitting on a wall outside the Sheridan Hotel on the 16th Street Mall when she suddenly felt a blow to her head that knocked her to one side. She also heard a man, later identified as Lucki, screaming and yelling that she was a terrorist and an "Afghan" who was "out to get us."
Not exactly. Tomas-George, of Indian and Lebanese descent, is actually the commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; she was in Denver to attend a conference on related topics. The affidavit references a page devoted to her on the World Unity website that includes this photo....
...and the following description:
Sunila Thomas-George was appointed as a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) in November, 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick. As a Commissioner, Ms. Thomas-George is responsible for the administration, adjudication, and education of civil rights matters for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
She serves as the Investigating Commissioner on a majority of the investigative cases filed at the Commission and holds public hearings on cases found to have probable cause. She is certified as a trainer in areas of discrimination and sexual harassment, and also mediates cases for the Commission. She also serves as a faculty presenter in many seminars and panels with the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and is a frequent guest speaker with many of the local and state Bar Associations.
Ms. Thomas-George also serves on the Advisory Board for the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB). Ms. Thomas-George is the recipient of the 2001 Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service and received the 2004 Executive Branch Award for Excellence in Government Legal Services.
Given Tomas-George's background and status, Lucki was obviously in deep trouble by that point. And his luck would deteriorate from there.
Another photo from Lucki's Facebook page.
The affidavit identifies one witness as "Jonathan Bunch" -- but he's better known as Joey Bunch, a longtime reporter for the Denver Post, whose headquarters building is only steps away from the Sheraton. As noted in the report, as well as the Post article about Lucki (it's written by Austin Briggs, which makes sense given Bunch's personal involvement), he followed the suspect from the scene and captured an exchange on cell-phone video.
"Hey dude, why'd you just hit that woman?" Bunch can be heard asking. He adds, "We saw you do it."
After a few quasi-intelligible syllables, Lucki can be heard responding, "She's a terrorist, dude. She's been stalking me for 145 days, dude. How would you like a terrorist stalking you?"
"I don't know," Bunch replies. "What's your name?"
"Motherfucker's my name," Lucki answers.
"Well, the cops are coming and we've got you on video," Bunch says. "You'll be pretty easy to find." The reporter can then be heard talking to a companion; among his remarks is, "Tell them where to find this asshole."
Here's the clip, as initially shared on the Denver Post site:
Thanks to the combination of this video and witness information, the Denver District Attorney's Office has now accused Lucki of bias-motivated crime and third-degree assault. He remains in custody on a $25,000 bond and is due in Denver County Court tomorrow morning to be formally advised of the charges against him.
You can bet Bunch won't be covering the appearance, given that he's already made his feelings about "this asshole" clear. But he's already won the admiration of many colleagues, including 7News' Jaclyn Allen, who tweeted the following:
— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) October 16, 2013
Here's a larger look at Lucki's mug shot, followed by the arrest affidavit.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa May 2012: "Bias motivated crime suspect: You came to America to get your ass kicked."
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