A third man received an overdose of methamphetamine at the home of a Los Angeles activist last week.
Ed Buck, a donor and Democrat activist whose West Hollywood department has been the scene of two methamphetamine overdose deaths since 2017, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators said a third man had overdosed at his home last week.
Buck, 65, who was not charged with an overdose, but was tried for death, charged with assault causing serious injury, methamphetamine, and maintenance of a drug addiction center. He faces five years and eight months in prison.
The charges relate solely to the most recent incident on September 11, when the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said that Mr. Buck injected methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man in Mr. Buck’s home. The man, who was not identified, survived the overdose.
The families of two men who died in his apartment, 55-year-old Timothy Dean, passed away in January, while 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, who died on July 2017, accused White Buck of attacking men. Black homosexuals. Mr. Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, said in the murder trial that Mr. Buck had “a well-documented history of isolating black men from predatory sex,” and crowds of protesters gathered in front of his home. This year to seek justice for men.
“I remain deeply concerned about the safety of people whose circumstances might make them more vulnerable to criminal predators,” said Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles District Attorney in a statement. “With this new evidence, I have authorized the laying of criminal charges against Ed Buck.”
Seymour I. Amster, Mr. Buck’s lawyer, could not be reached on Tuesday, but previously denied that Mr. Buck played a role in both deaths.
Buck was to be prosecuted on Wednesday and prosecutors recommended a $ 4 million bail.
The long-time activist has donated more than $ 116,000 to Democratic candidates and groups over the past decade. The Democratic congressional campaign committee told Fox News in January that it had donated its contributions to the NALEO Education Fund, a national Latin American bipartite group, while California representative Ted Lieu said that He would donate $ 18,000 to advocacy organizations. civilians
Mr. Buck distinguished himself for the first time in the 1980s by leading the Meacham Retirement Committee, which aimed to dismiss Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona. Mr. Mecham would later be charged with fraud and perjury.
Buck was also a senior member of L.G.B.T. political circles.
He was considered a suspect in the death of Mr. Moore, but the police could not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect Buck provided drugs to Gemmel Moore or that the suspect was in possession drug,” according to court documents obtained by The Los Angeles. Times After Dean’s death in January, Lieutenant Derrick Alfred of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told KTLA-TV, a local television station, that he was suspected that this happened twice, we will, therefore, conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether it is a crime. ”
The lawsuit for wrongful death indicated that Mr. Buck had introduced the drug to Mr. Moore.
“I became an addict and worst of all,” Moore’s newspaper said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It’s Ed Buck who has to thank; he gave me my first injection.”
Moore added in the paper, “If it did not hurt me so much, it would kill me, but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”