Protesters Are Enraged After Another Black Man Dies Inside The Home Of A Wealthy Democratic Donor
By: Brianna Wigfall
For the second time within the last two years, another black man was found dead at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic Donor, according to the LA Times. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department went out to the 64-year-old’s Laurel Avenue home after reports of an unconscious person on Monday around 1:05 a.m. Although the man has not been identified, police released a statement confirming the man was African American. In the 2017 drug-related death at Buck’s resident’s investigators said they didn’t have enough evidence to file charges but after the second death at this home, they have decided to take another look at the first case as well.
Buck has not responded to the allegations but his attorney, Seymour Amster, says he is cooperating with investigators.
“From what I know, it was an old friend who died of an accidental overdose, and unfortunately, we believe that the substance was ingested at some place other than the apartment,” Amster said. “The person came over intoxicated.”
Protesters gathered outside of Buck’s West Hollywood apartment building demanding that this story sounds all too familiar. Gemmel Moore’s body was found in Buck’s apartment in July 2017 when he was just 26-years-old. Moore was found naked on a mattress in the living room unresponsive after injecting what was reported as methamphetamine.
After the initial investigation, Moore’s family conducted their own after wondering if the drugs found in his system were self-administered. A community activist, Jasmyne Cannick, worked with the family on the case back in 2017 and led the protest on Tuesday night claiming the LA police department has failed to investigate Buck causing another innocent life to be taken away.
“I’m not surprised, none of us are surprised,” Cannick said to a large crowd during the protest. “We said that Jackie Lacey [L.A. Country district attorney] is going to have blood on her hands and the sheriff’s department is going to have blood on its hands.”
“This man has had two dead bodies in his house and he’s still in his house. The fact that Ed Buck is a prominent Democratic donor should concern us all. He spreads his money around to get access and influence into these powerful circles and we need our party to say no, no longer. I’m out here just as a black person I’m outraged, as a Democrat I’m outraged,” she said.
Cannick discovered after reading Moore’s private diary that Buck lures men into his apartment to have ‘dangerous sexual encounters’ with them. “Ed Buck is the one to thank,” Moore wrote in his journal. “He gave me my first injection of crystal meth.”
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Second Black Man Found Dead In Democratic Fundraiser Ed Buck’s California Home in 18 Months- blogged by @MsJennyb (📸 EdBuck/FB) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Early Monday morning, a man’s body was found inside the West Hollywood home of Democratic fundraiser, Ed Buck, for the second time in the last year and a half. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to NBC News, officials responded to a report of a person not breathing inside Buck’s Laurel Avenue apartment complex around 4 a.m. ET. Upon arrival, officials pronounced the man dead at the scene, but the cause of death was not immediately known. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Though the identity of the victim has not been released, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department said he was black, which sparked a cause for concern on Buck’s part as he was previously investigated for the 2017 overdose of Gemmel Moore, who was also black. However, prosecutors declined to file charges in the incident over lack of evidence. Buck was cleared in July 2017. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Though Buck has not been arrested in the most recent incident, he is, however, cooperating with police, as he was present for both incidents. Officials say they will conduct a thorough investigation into the recent death and will do “follow up interviews and a secondary review” of Moore’s passing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the meantime, Buck’s attorney says the man was a “longtime friend,” who “began exhibiting bizarre behavior” after he’d asked to come over. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Ed was reluctant, but the friend was insistent, so Ed allowed the friend to come over,” Seymour Amster said. Shortly after, the man “began exhibiting bizarre behavior,” so Buck phoned officials and attempted CPR. But, he was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
From Moore’s journal and other male witnesses, Cannick says Buck promises money to the men and then ‘injects them with crystal meth for his own gratification.’
“He needs to be arrested, he needs to be sent to county jail with no bail, he needs to be charged, and then he needs to be convicted and sent to prison. Not just for the person who died today, but also for Gemmel Moore’s death. It wasn’t thoroughly investigated.”
Cannick says LA investigators missed key points throughout the investigation and clues were thrown all over his West Hollywood apartment. “If you remember the coroner’s report from 2017, his home was littered with drug paraphernalia. It was a treasure trove of drugs. All the young men that were interviewed all confirmed that he has to be the one to inject you with the meth, that he likes to have control over you, that the more you take, the more money he’s willing to pay you. That only works on vulnerable people, who need money.”
Just as the 2017 case, Buck was the one who made the 911 call and many neighbors and people who were once close friends with him say they hope the men get justice.
“Lighting doesn’t strike twice in the same place,” Brian Hamilton said who is a neighbor of Buck and also knows him. “This is an exact carbon copy of the circumstance of the July 2017 (incident). It’s not a coincidence,” he said. “I think he’s a very dark soul, he needs help, he needs rehab, but beyond that, he might even be criminally liable and there needs to be a more active investigation, I think they let that go too soon after the last time.”
By: Brianna Wigfall | Web: Briannawigfall.weebly.com | Instagram: Brianne. Live