Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey is being slammed for taking so long to prosecute Ed Buck, the wealthy Democratic donor who had two Black men die from apparent drug overdoses within 18 months of each other at his home in West Hollywood, California. An unidentified 37-year-old man also overdosed in Buck’s home in September, but he survived.
It was only after that most recent overdose that Buck, 65 was finally charged, although it was only for drug possession. There are reportedly at least 10 other victims.
Now, Lacey seems to be blaming everyone else for why Buck was able to stay on the street and avoid criminal charges for so long.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Lacey spoke at a political club this week and pointed to mistakes by the Sheriff’s Department.
“They noticed around Mr. Moore’s body that there was a red toolbox,” Lacey said. “And they wanted to search that toolbox for evidence. A coroner’s investigator gave them information that turned out to be incorrect.”
There was reportedly an “inadmissible search and seizure,” which, according to Lacey “presented a challenge.”
Lacey then a released statement.
“Many of the details of the search that were discussed last night are included in the declaration filed by the Drug Enforcement agent in the federal indictment,” the statement said in part. “I was briefed over the weekend about the details of the search and learned about the government code section used to justify the search. I included that in my remarks.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment.
Back in September, the mother of one of Buck’s victims, Gemmel Moore, slammed Lacey for not doing her job.
“That’s all I ever wanted from the beginning was for Jackie Lacey to do her job,” LaTisha Nixon said in a video. “I didn’t ask for no special favors. I just asked for her to do her job — that was it.”
She continued: “Everything was in front of her. We tried to deliver ballots. They treated us like we were criminals. Jackie Lacey wouldn’t let us in the office — nothing.”
Watch the video below.
Nixon is suing Buck and Lacey “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,” according to a press release.
Moore is the 26-year-old who was found dead in Buck’s home on July 27, 2017. It is alleged by Moore’s mother 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, Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck’s home.
Buck claims he went to take a shower and found Dean unresponsive when he returned.
“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 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, Buck waited 15 minutes before calling 911.
It was reported that Dean died of a methamphetamine overdose.
In early October, Buck was indicted by a federal grand jury “that charged him with two counts of distributing methamphetamine resulting in deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean,” according to a press release.
“Ed Buck also faces three counts of distributing methamphetamine to men in May 2018, December 2018 and last month,” the press release also stated. “Each of these three charges carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison.” He is facing life in prison.