Within 18 months, two young Black men have died in the home of Ed Buck in West Hollywood, California. Buck is a rich Democratic donor who has contributed to politicians like Hillary Clinton. There have been no arrests made, so now protesters have targeted his apartment with a demand for justice.
Jasmyne Cannick, a Democrat running for the California state assembly, organized the protest. See her below:
Bizarrely, Buck’s lawyer was attempting to say his client has a “huge heart” and the latest man to die in the apartment had already taken “substances” before he came over. Watch the clip below:
A neighbor contradicted the lawyer and told The Daily Mail, “He was fine, he did not seem inebriated. He wasn’t stumbling, he was buzzing the building, he was on his phone. He had on a colorful scarf and jacket and a wool hat. He was bundled up. I must have seen him 45 minutes before he passed away.” She also said, “We’re so used to seeing young Black men coming in and out of Ed’s apartment at very odd hours.”
The name of the man who died Monday wasn’t immediately made public. But 26-year-old Gemmel Moore died in Buck’s apartment on July 2017. The Los Angeles Times reported that Moore wrote in a journal a few months before he died that he was using drugs and “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth.”
On July 4, 23 days before Moore died, an escort reported Buck to authorities but nothing was done. After Moore died, Buck’s apartment was searched. Law enforcement allegedly “found the following items in Buck’s two-bedroom apartment: 24 syringes with brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag with a ‘piece of crystal-like substance.'”
Nonetheless, Buck was never charged. According to The Advocate, Buck has a “fetish for shooting drugs into black men he picks up off the street or on hookup site.” The L.A. County Coroner’s office said Moore’s death was due to an overdose of methamphetamine.
Let’s hope there is some justice after this second death.