Second man found dead in Ed Buck’s apartment, also overdosed on meth
Mother of victim says the political activist got him addicted to the drug by force
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department revealed on Monday that the cause of death for the second man who was found dead in democratic donor Ed Buck’s home was from a meth overdose.
According to NBC News, Timothy Dean, 55, died on Jan. 7, making him the second person who was found dead in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment within two years. Another man named Gemmel Moore, 26, died in Buck’s apartment in July 2017.
Both of their passings were ruled as an accidental overdose.
The donor and political activist was not charged with a crime but, LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother filed a 24-page lawsuit against Buck. Nixon is accusing Buck of “ wrongful death, sexual battery, assault, battery, negligence, civil rights violation, hate violence and drug dealer liability.
Nixon said she found her son’s personal journal that said that the political activist made him get addicted to crystal meth by inserting it into him.
Journalist and activist, Jasmyne Cannick also alleged that something was on the up and up with Mr. Buck. Even after a year of Moore’s death, Cannick made a post on Twitter warning that a Black man was at risk of dying in Buck’s home.
If another young, Black gay man overdoses or worse dies at Democratic donor Ed Buck’s apartment it’s going to be the fault of the sheriff’s dept and L.A. District Atty for not stopping him when they had the opportunity to. #GemmelMoore #Justice4Gemmel pic.twitter.com/jlbS2KTvNe
— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) July 28, 2018
She, along with others, made Moore’s journal public and presented a petition with 30,000 signatures requesting that local authorities look into the case again and indict Buck.
“This lawsuit helps to protect a very vulnerable population of gay black men by exposing details of Buck’s predatory and racially-discriminatory actions against gay black men,” human rights and criminal defense attorney and co-counsel for Nixon, Nana Gymafi said.
Around the time, Cannick made the post on Twitter, Buck’s attorney Seymour Amster told NBC News in a statement, “On behalf of Mr. Buck, we categorically deny all allegations of wrongdoing and look forward to litigating this matter in a court of law.”
Buck’s lawyer did not immediately respond to the outlet for comment and the office of the district attorney’s did not provide a comment regarding the suit.