A young gay black man died in the West Hollywood home of big Democratic Ed Buck in 2017.
And now another black man has died in his apartment, according to the Advocate.
Police have not yet released the name of the man who just died. Buck’s attorney said that the man was a long-time friend who “reached out for [Buck’s] help” Sunday night and began acting “in a bizarre way” once he got to Buck’s apartment.
Last year Gemmel Moore died in Buck’s apartment.
From Fox News:
Buck, a well-known figure in LGBT political circles, has given more than $500,000 to a range of Democratic groups and candidates — including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In July of last year, prosecutors declined to file charges against Buck in the death of Moore. According to a coroner’s report, Buck’s apartment was full of drug paraphernalia, including 24 syringes containing 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 containing a piece of crystal-like substance.
Moore’s death initially was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office re-opened the investigation after writings in Moore’s journal implicated Buck in his drug use.
In a December 2016 entry, 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 it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted…”
According to the Free Beacon, several young gay black men have claimed Buck “has a fetish for shooting drugs into black men he picks up off the street or on hookup sites.”
Protesters are now calling for action against Buck.
From Fox News:
Protests erupted Tuesday outside the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck, with activists calling for Buck’s arrest after a man was found dead in the apartment early Monday — 17 months after a deceased male escort was discovered there.
“Arrest Ed Buck, prosecute Ed Buck, and then a jury needs to convict Ed Buck,” activist Jasmyne Cannick said to the crowd gathering outside the California apartment Monday night. “This man has had two dead bodies in his house, and he is still in his house.”
Said another demonstrator: “This man is a danger to our community.”