Noted politico, campaign donor and alleged meth predator Ed Buck has suffered another blow following his arrest last week: His landlord served him with eviction papers at his West Hollywood apartment.
Police arrested Buck earlier this month after allegedly injecting an African-American man with methamphetamine. The man in question overdosed but survived. Nevertheless, the incident caused police to finally act after years of inaction. In 2017, another African-American man named Gemmel Moore overdosed and died in Buck’s apartment during a sexual encounter. A similar incident happened earlier this year resulting in the death of Timothy Dean, another African-American man.
Since the death of Gemmel Moore, African-American and civil rights groups have called for an investigation into Buck. A number of journalists have identified a pattern of behavior by which Buck would seduce young, African-American men, lure them to his apartment for sex and inject them with drugs. Court records suggest Buck has amassed at least 10 victims over the years.
One of those journalists, Jasmyne Cannick, celebrated Buck’s arrest on Twitter. “I’ve never been one to gloat over someone being evicted—especially in #LosAngeles with these high ass rents,” she tweeted. “But y’all, it looks like #EdBuck is FINALLY getting evicted! And you know what—I’m okay with that.”
I’ve never been one to gloat over someone being evicted—especially in #LosAngeles with these high ass rents. But y’all, it looks like #EdBuck is FINALLY getting evicted! And you know what—I’m okay with that. #weeverywhere pic.twitter.com/K5CdTvbCw4
— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) September 25, 2019
Critics, including the family of Gemmel Moore, have accused LAPD of inaction thanks to Buck’s long history as a political donor.
“Timothy Dean’s death could’ve been prevented if they had listened to us. But they didn’t,” Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, said in an interview. Earlier this month, courts added an additional charge against Buck of “one count of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death” related to the death of Gemmel Moore.