Publicado: Jue, Setiembre 19, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Ed Buck, Democratic donor and gay activist, arrested

Ed Buck, Democratic donor and gay activist, arrested

ABC reports, Buck has been charged with one felony count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. A third man survived an overdose last week.

"The picture is the first photo evidence that the 65-year-old West Hollywood-based Hillary Clinton donor is still being visited by young black men, even after being accused of being involved in two drug overdose deaths in his apartment", The Mail added.

The arrest comes after criticism of Lacey for failing to file charges in the death of Gemmel Moore, which she said was because there wasn't enough evidence to ensure a conviction.

After Dean's death, California Representative Ted Lieu announced he would donate $18,000 in contributions from Buck to civil rights organizations, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee donated Buck's contributions to a Latino group called the NALEO Education Fund. Earlier this year, Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck and Los Angeles County officials.

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

Prosecutors said Buck lures his victims into his home, baiting them with drugs, money and shelter. Buck is accused of injecting the victim, who survived, with methamphetamine on September 11. According to the documents, Buck personally administered "dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims" and is "a predator with no regard for human life". 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. Moore died of a methamphetamine overdose and his family and black activists accused the wealthy gay man of drugging people deliberately and then watching as a sexual fetish. As the man again began suffering symptoms of an overdose, prosecutors alleged Buck "refused to render aid" and instead "thwarted" the man's attempts to get help. The man eventually fled the apartment and called 911. The case remains under investigation by the sheriff's department. "He mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addition and homelessness".

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Prosecutors have asked that his bail be set at 4 million and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for arraignment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

If convicted, Buck could face up to five years and eight months in prison.

Buck's attorney, Seymour Amster, could not be immediately reached for comment. Buck also positioned himself as an LGBTQ activist, and at one time unsuccessfully ran for Los Angeles city council.

Then in January this year, 55-year-old Timothy Dean was found dead at Buck's home, also the result of a methamphetamine overdose. When the first Black man was found dead in Buck's home, he allegedly said Buck was the "devil" and that "This might be it for Ed Buck". However, the medical coroner ruled that he died of an accidental methamphetamine overdose.

A coroner's report said drug paraphernalia was found in the home, along with sex toys and clear plastic bags containing what was suspected to be methamphetamine. But in August 2017, homicide detectives launched a new investigation after Moore's mother and friends questioned whether the drugs that killed him were self-administered.

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