It’s happened again.
The body of another young black man was found inside the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck, a one-time-Republican-turned-high-profile-Democratic-Party-donor and political activist.
Wehoville reports that in the early hours of Monday morning, the body of an African American man was wheeled out on a gurney from Buck’s home on Laurel Avenue.
The identity of the man has not yet been released, but it’s a sad repeat of a similar incident that happened back in July 2017 when Buck was investigated following the death of Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old black man who overdosed on meth inside the 65-year-old’s home.
Moore’s death was classified as an accidental overdose, despite several people, including Moore’s mother, coming forward to accuse Buck of having a fetish for watching young black men get high.
At the time, Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, told WeHo Times that her son was a sex worker and that Buck was one of his regular clients.
“[Buck] would have my son to go out to… Santa Monica Boulevard looking for young gay black guys so he could inject them with drugs, see their reaction and how [they] would react and take pictures of them,” she alleged.
“[He] would supply heroin, meth and other drugs to him to smoke or use with a needle. Buck would pleasure himself at the sight of my son using drugs.”
In a journal entry from December 2016, Moore wrote: “I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that. Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth.”
During their 2017 investigation, police found syringes and “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” inside Buck’s home.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney ultimately declined to file any charges against him, citing “insufficient evidence.”
At the time, many accused officials of not fully investigating Buck because of his ties to powerful politicians like Hillary Clinton and California governor Jerry Brown, as well as several local West Hollywood politicians whose campaigns he donated to.
This time, at least two City Council members, John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath, are pressing City Manager Paul Arevalo and newly elected Sheriff Alex Villanueva to prioritize the young man’s death. Meanwhile, councilmember Lauren Meister is calling for LAPD’s homicide division to investigate.