The latest development with Ed Buck might be one step closer to justice for his alleged victims. According to a press release for activist Jasmyne Cannick, who has been at the forefront of demanding that Buck be indicted, a judge refused to toss out a wrongful death lawsuit against the wealthy Democratic donor. Two Black men died in his West Hollywood, California, home within 18 months.
Attorney Hussain Turk stated in the press release, “The Court’s ruling on the County’s and Ed Buck’s Motions to Dismiss is a huge victory for Gemmel Moore’s mother Ms. LaTisha Nixon. The Court generously ruled that Ms. Nixon may rewrite portions of her claims against the County so that they more clearly describe the constitutional civil rights laws that the County violated when it failed to properly investigate Gemmel Moore’s death because of his race.”
Turk continued “This is a victory because the Court could have — and with these types of cases historically has — thrown out all of Ms. Nixon’s claims against the County without giving her a chance to revise it. This is a victory because it means that the County, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and Assistant District Attorney Craig Hum are all still very much on the hook for the intentional and discriminatory botched investigation of Gemmel Moore’s death.”
The press release also states, “Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum are named as co-defendants in the lawsuit for their violation of Gemmel Moore’s civil rights in their race-based refusal to prosecute Ed Buck, which ultimately resulted in the Jan. 7, 2019 death of Timothy Dean under almost identical circumstances that should and could have been prevented.”
The lawsuit refers to Gemmel Moore, the 26-year-old found dead in Buck’s home on July 27, 2017. It is alleged by Moore’s mother Latisha Nixon that Buck “injected her son with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine,” CNN.com reported. “The complaint describes Buck as a wealthy white man who ‘had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life.’ It accuses him of wrongful death, sexual battery and assault and says he was not prosecuted ‘because he is white, and because Mr. Moore was Black.'”
Moore’s death was initially called an accidental methamphetamine overdose. However, 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 of 2017, 23 days before Moore died, an escort reported Buck to authorities for drugging Black men, 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.'”
In January 2019, Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck’s home.
According to the Daily Beast, a coroner’s report claims Buck told the sheriff’s department that Dean had “bizarre behavior.” In addition, “The witness [Buck] observed him using a piece of clothing to make a noose and tied it around his neck. The witness relays that he removed the ‘noose’ and the decedent then stood up and began throwing clothes up in the air.”
Buck claims he went to take a shower and when he returned to Dean he was found unresponsive. “The witness reported that he did not see the decedent taking any drugs and they did not have sex,” according to the report. However, the the coroner’s report also says Dean died on a living room floor on a mattress “littered with drug paraphernalia and sex toys.” Even more disturbing, 64-year-old Buck waited 15 minutes before calling 911.
It was reported that Dean died of a methamphetamine overdose.
Dean reportedly warned other people to say away from Buck. He claimed Buck had a fetish for men wearing white long johns and once said, “Don’t go in that house because you might never come back.” When the first Black man was found dead in Buck’s home, he allegedly said Buck was the “devil” and that “This might be it for Ed Buck.”
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who is a Black woman, has declined to charge Buck. The DA’s office also declined to comment on the human trafficking accusation against Buck.