For the second time in 18 months, a black man has died of an apparent drug overdose at the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck. It’s likely that he will not be charged with a crime for the second time as well.
Accusations have been made in the past, including by the mother of Buck’s first known victim, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, that Buck regularly invites black men to his home to party for pay. They are allegedly paid more based on the amount of drugs they’re able to use.
According to Moore’s mother, 65-year-old Latisha Nixon, “He has them wear these long white ‘under-johns.’ He takes pictures of them. He hits them up with meth. The more meth that they smoke and inject, the more money that he gives them.”
Nevertheless, authorities are not considering Buck as a suspect in the latest death just as they never really investigated him the first time this happened. Why? Because in far-left West Hollywood and throughout the Los Angeles area, Buck is a political hero who has helped Democrats win nearly every office available, including LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.
For Democrats, friends don’t let friends get investigated for suspicious deaths in their homes, especially when those friends are rich donors.
LGBTQ activists are calling for a full investigation, but it’s unlikely it will make its way to charges for Buck. As the Advocate reported, his first victim’s journal named Buck as the person who got him into drugs. If that wasn’t enough to charge him before, it’s not likely they’ll uncover even more evidence this time. Not with Garcetti in charge.
“I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” Moore wrote in his journal in December 2016. “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth.”
Buck claims he’s not responsible for Moore’s death and did not furnish him with drugs. The Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file charges against Buck, saying there was “insufficient evidence.”
Sadly, Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, is doing what most would expect someone representing a sleazeball like Ed Buck to do. He’s blaming the victim.
“This is not a situation where Mr. Buck had caused the death,” he said. “This is a situation where Mr. Buck has had longtime friends who, unfortunately, do not handle their life well, then succumb when they are in the apartment of Mr. Buck.”
When prominent Republicans have an inkling of a scandal touch them, the media pounces quickly and ferociously. When it’s one of their allies, such as Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck, cover-up protocol goes into full effect.
Here’s the story as it’s being tracked on Twitter:
Second man found dead at the LA home of Democratic donor Ed Buck