Ed Buck is a lot of things – philanthropist, LGBTQ activist, Democrat, and now the man who is known for having not one, but two dead black men found in his West Hollywood residence. And in a quirky twist of political priorities, activists are demonstrating in front of Buck’s Laurel Avenue home demanding his arrest.
Leading the protests, Jasmyne Cannick addressed the mostly black crowd — in the predominantly white neighborhood — pleading for authorities to “Arrest Ed Buck, prosecute Ed Buck, and then a jury needs to convict Ed Buck. This man has had two dead bodies in his house, and he is still in his house.”
…it was suspicious when the first dead escort was discovered.
“It is suspicious that this has happened twice now,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Derrick Alfred told reporters covering the protest. To some observers, it was suspicious when the first dead escort was discovered.
Rumors abound that Buck allegedly has a “Tuskegee Experiment like fetish” for inserting syringes into the willing gay black men he meets on dating sites or finds on the street and plunging drugs into their system. He appears to be a hands-on kind of guy.
Who is Ed Buck?
Buck is founder of the Mecham Watchdog Committee, formed to lead a campaign to impeach Arizona Republican Governor Evan Mecham in 1987 — who regrettably used the term “pickaninny” while referencing a book published in the 1930s. His gaffe further incensed Arizona Democrats as he refused to enact a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on a work day, instead hoping to designate a Sunday for the good reverend.
Buck and Arizona Democrats successfully impeached Mecham and he has since been intricately and intimately enmeshed with the Democratic Party. His past generous financial support to leftist causes includes hefty donations to former California Governor Jerry Brown, also-ran presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
He is connected. He is gay. He is white. And the black community has had enough of his alleged wrong-doings with seeming impunity.
Willing Participants or Victims?
In the summer of 2017, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, a gay prostitute, died from a drug overdose at Buck’s apartment. No arrests were made, nor charges filed, and the coroner declared the tragedy an “accidental death.” Headlines named Moore a druggy prostitute, yet downplayed Buck’s involvement, mentioning only “a political donor.”
Moore’s family uncovered a journal in his personal belongings, which they shared with investigators. It contained one damaging entry against Buck after another:
“I honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that. Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy. If it didn’t hurt so bad, I’d kill myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”
Other alleged victims have claimed that Buck is a frequent flyer in pumping drugs into young black men, who he subdues with “date rape” drugs, without permission or after they become unconscious.
Yet Buck was painted as a devastated friend.
But Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, isn’t buying his sad affectations. She has repeatedly told any and all who will listen, “[Ed Buck] would have my son to go out to … Santa Monica Boulevard looking for young gay Black guys so he could inject them with drugs, see their reaction and … take pictures of them.”
Local activists such as Cannick believe the Los Angeles Police Department refusing to press charges is a direct result of Buck’s celebutante status with the Democrat Party.
Is Buck allowed a pass due to such extreme differences of class and race with the two dead men?
According to the coroner’s report, when Moore was found, Buck’s apartment was full of damaging evidence: drug paraphernalia, glass pipes with white substance and burn marks, clear plastic baggies with white powdery residue, a chunk of crystal-like substance, and two dozen syringes containing traces of brown substance.
If this had been a black man’s apartment, or a Republican, would this have been enough evidence to launch an investigation?
And now another black man is dead when perhaps this tragedy could have been avoided had the Los Angeles County Sheriff had listened to witnesses, alleged other victims, and Moore’s own despondent words.
“I ended up back at Buck [sic] house again and got munipulated [sic] into slamming again. I even went to the point where I was forced to doing 4 within a 2day [sic] period. This man is crazy and its [sic] sad. Will I ever get help?”
And will these two men ever get justice?