Well-known Democratic donor Ed Buck, 65, was arrested on Tuesday night in Los Angeles after a third man overdosed at his home last week, CNN reports. Buck's lawyer alleged the two men had been friends for at least 25 years and also insinuated that his client has associates who struggled with drug issues.
The donor who was arrested after another man overdosed in his California home contributed thousands of dollars to a wide array of state and national Democratic politicians - including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
LaTisha Nixon, The mother of one of Buck's victims, Gemmel Moore, is suing Buck and Lacey Attorney "for their violation of Gemmel Moore's civil rights in their race-based refusal to prosecute Ed Buck, which ultimately resulted in the January 7, 2019 death of Timothy Dean under nearly identical circumstances that should and could have been prevented", according to a press release.
Buck was charged with one count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
"From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes", prosecutors said, according to court documents.
It took three overdoses for police in West Hollywood to finally arrest Ed Buck - and perhaps only because the third survived.
After Mr Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, questioned Mr Buck's involvement in the overdose, an investigation was launched.
An autopsy report said Moore, 26, died of a methamphetamine overdose. The Times has reviewed pages of that journal, in which Moore purportedly wrote about using crystal methamphetamine. "He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth". He is also an LGBTQ rights activist who once unsuccessfully ran for city council in West Hollywood. "Moore had been homeless and had worked as an escort". The man allegedly fled and was able to call for help from a gas station.
The man survived, but two other men have died from overdoses at Buck's apartment in the past two years.
After the second man died in Buck's apartment, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced that it would reallocate donations that it had received from Buck. Buck has not been charged in Dean's death. According to Cannick, Buck has coerced other young black men into shooting meth and having sex.
Prosecutors are throwing the book at Buck, recommending that bail be set at $4 million, saying that Buck was a "violent, risky sexual predator" who "mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness". If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in prison.
Said Cannick, in part (read the whole thread for full statement): "Like I've been saying all along, Buck has never stopped the same behavior that cost Gemmel and Timothy their lives".
In February, Nixon filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Buck, alleging he was a drug dealer who injected her son with a fatal dose of crystal methamphetamine. "The whole black LGBT community is going to be celebrating this evening because our lives matter".
The arrest got the attention of several dozen neighbors who stood on the sidewalk across the street nine police vehicles.
"Then I came out and saw Ed Buck in handcuffs", Serra said.