On September 4, a man only known as Joe Doe went to infamous Democrat donor Ed Buck’s West Hollywood apartment, where Buck “‘personally and deliberately’ administered a large dose of methamphetamine.” Doe became afraid he was suffering an overdose and left the apartment to seek medical help.
On September 11 he returned to Buck’s apartment, and Buck administered an even larger dose of methamphetamine. This time, though, Buck attempted to block the man from leaving the apartment and seeking medical attention. Doe fled the apartment and called 911 from a nearby gas station, then was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Doe was lucky. Two other men, Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, died of drug overdoses in Buck’s home within the past two and a half years.
Buck was arrested September 17 and charged with operating a drug house, but in a court filing arguing for high bail prosecutors said that “the full scope of his malicious behavior is unknown” and characterized him as “a violent sexual predator who preys on men struggling with addiction and homelessness.”
“From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes. These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims….Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week.”
While searching Buck’s residence, authorities discovered hundreds of photos of men in compromising positions.
Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat who represents an adjacent district, said in a statement to the Associated Press:
“It’s incomprehensible to me that it took a third black gay man to be attacked and almost die to finally dissolve the unconscionable apathy that has allowed Ed Buck, a racist sexual predator, to roam free. Everyone knew that he preyed on young black men. … The inaction in response had a message that was loud and clear: Black gay lives obviously didn’t matter.”
It sure seemed they didn’t, especially after District Attorney Jackie Lacey decided to not press any charges against Buck after an investigation by the LA County Sheriff’s Department into Moore’s death or after an earlier report that he was “drugging black men.”
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.’”
Moore’s mother filed a suit earlier this year against Buck, Lacey, and one of Lacey’s subordinates in federal court for wrongful death and a civil rights violation pertaining to the failure to prosecute. On September 11 the judge in that case denied Motions to Dismiss filed by Buck and the County of Los Angeles – the same day Doe nearly lost his life in Buck’s apartment. It’s rare for a plaintiff to prevail on such a motion against a prosecutor, so Lacey must have been stunned. Could that ruling have been the impetus for Lacey’s decision to file charges in this case and to speak so forcefully about Buck’s evil and disgusting “fetish”?
Hussein Turk, who represents Nixon, said in a press release:
“The Court’s ruling on the County’s and Ed Buck’s Motions to Dismiss is a huge victory….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.”
“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.”
Lacey credited Doe with bringing forward “new evidence” against Buck.
“With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck,” Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey said in a statement, adding that she is deeply concerned for those whose life circumstances make them vulnerable to predators.
Buck’s first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday morning in downtown Los Angeles.