A 65-year-old prominent Democratic Party donor was arrested on Tuesday after a third man overdosed at his West Hollywood home but survived. Ultimately, I want to see Ed Buck charged with the deaths of the Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean-and I am not giving up hope on that happening. It was the second such death in two years, following the July 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, 26.
This is the third instance of a methamphetamine overdose at Buck's residence since 2017. The first two men's overdoses were due to methamphetamine that resulted in death.
Buck is now facing felony counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.
Prosecutors reportedly allege in court docs that Buck uses his power to manipulate victims to participate in his sexual fetishes. including injecting them with narcotics.
On Sept. 11, the man returned and Buck injected him with two more unsafe doses, refused to help him and "thwarted" his efforts to get help until the man fled the apartment and called 911 from a gas station, prosecutors alleged. According to the New York Daily News, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner's office revealed that an investigator's narrative said Buck initially told authorities "he attempted CPR for 15 minutes before contacting 911".
"They ruled Moore's death an accident, and an initial review by sheriff's deputies found nothing suspicious". "A notebook found in Moore's possession indicated he used drugs with someone whose name is redacted in the coroner's report".
In January, "a coalition of 50 civil rights organizations - including Equality California, the ACLU, the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Black Justice Coalition - called for a thorough investigation and for politicians to return all money Buck donated to their campaigns", the L.A. Times reported. "He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth".
Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon of Texas, has questioned whether Buck's ties to elected officials and differences in race and class influenced the investigation.
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Mr. Buck, who is 63 and white, was described by the Times as "a longtime political donor, onetime West Hollywood City Council candidate and a well-known figure in LGBTQ political circles". Moore subsequently struggled with addiction and at the time of his death was homeless and working in the sex trade.
Following last week's overdose, Lacey said in a statement she "authorized the filing of criminal charges" in light of this new evidence.
Prosecutors have asked for bail to be set at $4m (£3m), calling Mr Buck a "violent, risky sexual predator" who targeted the homeless and those battling drug addiction. KABC-TV of Los Angeles reported that he faces up to five years and eight months in state prison if convicted. Buck was arrested Tuesday night. Moore's mother filed a wrongful death suit against Buck in February, claiming that Buck, "had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life". Dean's sister Joyce Jackson said, "I really believe he preyed on people".
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Activist Jasmyne Cannick, who has been working with the Moore family, posted a photo of herself in front of Buck's apartment building, now covered in police tape.
The arrest got the attention of several dozen neighbors who stood on the sidewalk across the street nine police vehicles.
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