On Jan. 7, 55-year-old Timothy Dean was found dead in the home of Ed Buck, a wealthy Democratic donor, in West Hollywood, California. In July of 2017, a 26-year-old Black man named Gemmel Moore was found dead in his home and no charges were filed. No the mother of Moore is speaking out about the second Black man dying in Buck’s home.
Attorney Nana Gyamfi released a statement on behalf of Ms. LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, “I want to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Timothy Dean found dead in Ed Buck’s apartment. We are heartbroken. We are sickened. We are outraged. ”
She continued, “This was an avoidable tragedy. We are clear that this Black man’s death is the direct result of the failure of law enforcement and District Attorney Jackie Lacey to charge and prosecute Ed Buck for the murder of Gemmel Moore and the crimes he committed against all of his victims. Ms. Nixon and I warned sheriff’s department homicide detectives in every one of our meetings with them that Ed Buck would kill again if they did not stop him. Instead of heeding our warnings and following the leads we presented to them, they spent our meeting time alternatively trying to convince us that there was not evidence to charge Ed Buck with a crime or that even if there was enough evidence, the charges would not worth pursuing.” Jackie Lacey, who is a Black woman, has been blasted for not charging Buck.
Gyamfi explained, ?Deputies continually and consistently ignored every witness, every screenshot, every receipt produced from the extraordinary reporting by Jasmyne Cannick. They claimed they needed witnesses. Our office did the work to get prosecutorial immunity for witnesses – even though pundits proclaimed we’d never get it – and brought those witnesses to speak with detectives only to have them marginalized and dismissed.”
She ended with, “Frankly, I am convinced that there are more dead Black bodies that are attributable to Ed Buck’s predations, but one – Gemmel Moore’s – should have been enough.” You can read the full statement here.
See Timothy Dean’s photo below:
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 justice for Timothy Dean.