Democrat Donor Ed Buck Arrested for Running Drug Den

Prominent Democratic Donor Ed Buck Arrested After 3rd Man Overdoses In His Apartment

Ed Buck was taken into custody Tuesday after a 37-year-old man overdosed in his West Hollywood apartment. "The complaint describes Buck as a wealthy white man who 'had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life.' It accuses him of wrongful death, sexual battery and assault and says he was not prosecuted 'because he is white, and because Mr. Moore was Black'". 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. "The man suffered an overdose but survived".

Buck is not facing charges in those cases.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office alleged in a bail motion that Ed Buck is "a violent, risky sexual predator" who "mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness".

"I remain deeply concerned for the safety of people whose life circumstances may make them more vulnerable to criminal predators", Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement Tuesday.

Buck's victim was taken to his apartment on September 4 and injected "with a dangerously large dose of methamphetamine".

"From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes", prosecutors wrote in court papers, the Times reported.

An autopsy report in Dean's death claimed that Buck waited 15 minutes to call paramedics after the victim died in his apartment. Ed Buck is the one to thank.

When Moore died, police say they found drug paraphernalia littered around the scene in Buck's home, including syringes, pipes and plastic bags. Both of their deaths were caused by meth overdoses, prosecutors said in court documents viewed by CNN.

The news came as a relief to those who have called for Buck's arrest based on two fatal overdoses in his apartment in recent years. The coroner ruled the death accidental.

She's asking a judge to set a $4 million bail for Buck.

Buck was also not charged in Dean's death. Buck's lawyer alleged the two men had been friends for at least 25 years and also insinuated that his client has associates who struggled with drug issues. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. She says Dean's death could have been avoided if authorities had charged Buck in 2017. "A notebook found in Moore's possession indicated he used drugs with someone whose name is redacted in the coroner's report".

Said Cannick, in part (read the whole thread for full statement): "Like I've been saying all along, Buck has never stopped the same behavior that cost Gemmel and Timothy their lives".

Buck became a nationally known figure in the late 1980s when he led an effort to impeach Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham.

But other activists started to demand Buck's arrest after the deaths of two black men in his home. "It is only a matter of time before another one of these vulnerable young men dies of an overdose".

Buck has been a more prominent donor to state and local Democratic candidates and officeholders, including all of the current members of the West Hollywood City Council except for Lindsey Horvath. Activist Jasmyne Cannick has been at the forefront of this story and demanding justice. declined to charge Buck.

Buck has donated to a number of Democratic candidates and PACs in recent years, according to information from OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in USA politics.



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