Ed Buck, the Los Angeles political activist accused of preying
on gay black men and forcibly injecting them with fatal doses of
drugs, had at least 10 victims, would drug them while they were
unconscious and was known locally as “Doctor Kevorkian”,
according to new court records.
The wealthy Democratic donor, 65, was arrested this week and
charged with running a drug den more than two years after 26-
year-old Gemmel Moore fatally overdosed in Buck’s West Hollywood
home. On Thursday, federal prosecutors charged him with
administering methamphetamine to a victim who died and released
new details about how he targeted men struggling with
homelessness and addiction.
Black LGBT activists in California have been advocating for
years for Buck to be brought to justice and have accused police
of ignoring their concerns and allowing the politically
connected activist to continue hurting people.
Buck’s lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Buck, whose arrest came after a third man overdosed in his home
this month, would offer to pay his victims for sex, force them
to do drugs, inject them directly, give them tranquilizers
without telling them and take photos of them, the complaint
said. Some victims were sexually assaulted while unconscious,
the filing suggested.
One victim said he had fallen asleep on Buck’s couch and had
been drugged while he was asleep, forcing him to go to the
hospital the next day, where staff confirmed he had ingested a
“Buck told Victim 5 that it was not gratifying for him if Victim
5 did not ingest methamphetamine,” the complaint said.
Another victim said he learned about Buck when he was homeless
and living in a park, and said he was nicknamed “Doctor
Kevorkian”, a reference to the pathologist known for helping
terminally ill patients die. This victim said it was part of
Buck’s “role-playing and fantasy to inject people with
methamphetamine” and that although the victim had never injected
meth before, “Buck assured him that it would be fine”.
Buck allegedly ignored this victim’s agreement to only do a
small dose and “emptied an entire syringe in him”. Another time
Buck injected this person, he immediately lost consciousness and
awoke to discover his anus bleeding and a third man filming him,
the complaint said.
Another victim said Buck injected him with a tranquilizer,
making him “unable to move”, adding that when Buck later wanted
the victim to leave his home, Buck “became frustrated and
obtained a power saw from a closet, turned it on, and approached
[the] Victim with it”. That victim eventually escaped.
In another case, Buck gave the victim what the victim thought
was vodka, but he fell asleep after consuming it, the complaint
said. This victim said he woke up to Buck injecting him with a
syringe and panicked because he did not use meth, but could not
move when he tried to get up. He also felt “excruciating pain”
in his anus and when he tried to remove metal clips fastened to
his nipples, Buck “laughed”.
This behavior continued after a second victim died in his home
in January of 2019, authorities said. The most recent victim,
who overdosed but survived, told authorities that Buck solicited
him for sex and distributed meth to him “nearly every day during
an approximately one-month period”.
The shocking details published in federal court filings did not
come as a surprise to local activists, who said they had
conducted their own investigation and interviews and connected
the victims to the authorities since police were failing to take
the threat Buck posed seriously.
“He has been allowed to do all of these things all of this
time,” said Nana Gyamfi, a civil rights lawyer representing
Moore’s family, adding that she wanted to see the Los Angeles
county district attorney, Jackie Lacey, file murder charges.
“I knew that this day was going to come and we were going to get
justice for my son,” Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, said in a
statement late Thursday night, adding that all she ever wanted
was for the Lacey to “do her job”.
The family of Timothy Dean, the other man who died in Buck’s
home, said in a statement Friday that local law enforcement
“failed our brother and Gemmel Moore in every possible way”,
adding: “The evidence was there long ago before now. Mr Buck was
given special treatment because of his race and status and that
Gyamfi noted that the victims cited in Wednesday’s court filings
were only the ones who were willing to come forward and talk to
police, adding: “Gemmel was a victim, but so were scores of so
many other black gay men.”
Jasmyne Cannick, a local activist who has led the charge to hold
Buck accountable, told the Guardian on Friday that authorities
finally arrested him because “they were pushed by a community of
people who were tired of seeing their people dying”.
She added: “This was two years of the black LGBTQ community in
Los Angeles and beyond not letting it go … It was about damn
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