Over 30,000 people have reportedly signed a petition urging Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to investigate Ed Buck, the high-profile Democratic Party donor involved in the deaths of two black men: 26-year-old Gemmel Moore in July 2017 and 55-year-old Timothy Dean last January.
The petition, promoted in part by the racial justice group Color of Change, reads:
The tragic and demeaning deaths of both Gemmel and Timothy has not persuaded District Attorney Lacey to prosecute Ed Buck….
No other Black men should have to die before the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney take action.
Ed Buck has created a system of abusing the vulnerability and poverty of black men, many of whom have been described as being HIV-positive and who were not addicted to drugs until coming into contact with him.
The petition urges Lacey to investigate and prosecute Buck, stating he “clearly poses a threat to the safety of Black gay men in Los Angeles County and beyond.”
The petitions are to be delivered to Lacey’s office at 11 a.m. PST today. Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon is expected to fly in from Texas to attend.
During their 2017 investigation into Moore’s death, police examined Buck’s West Hollywood apartment and found “clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine in a tool box roll-cabinet in the living room,” 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.”
The L.A. County District Attorney ultimately declined to file any charges against Buck, citing “insufficient evidence.” The deaths so far are being treated as accidental self-inflicted drug overdoses.
After Dean’s death, activists began holding protests outside of Buck’s apartment and urging Democratic candidates to return any donations Buck made to them.
A 2017 documentary, ParTy Boi, examined Buck’s alleged role in Moore’s death.