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Crime Homeless men called Democratic donor Ed Buck 'Dr. Kevorkian.' Why his did arrest take so long?

01:05  21 september  2019
01:05  21 september  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Democratic donor Ed Buck has been hit with the federal charge of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, which stems from the death of After dodging charges for more than two years, Buck is finally facing criminal repercussions: On September 17, he was arrested after a third man

Ed Buck , the Los Angeles political activist accused of preying on gay black men and forcibly The wealthy Democratic donor , 65, was arrested this week and charged with running a drug den more Buck , whose arrest came after a third man overdosed in his home this month, would offer to pay his

Stunning new allegations that Democratic donor Ed Buck paid at least 10 men to use drugs for his pleasure have sparked more questions from activists and others about why it took so long to uncover the longtime West Hollywood political activist's alleged misconduct.

a close up of a man in glasses looking at the camera: Al Seib  Los Angeles Times ED BUCK appears in L.A. County court Thursday on charges of running a drug house. He also faces a federal charge of distributing methamphetamine leading to a death, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years.© Al Seib/Los Angeles Times Al Seib  Los Angeles Times ED BUCK appears in L.A. County court Thursday on charges of running a drug house. He also faces a federal charge of distributing methamphetamine leading to a death, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years.

Buck has been the subject of protests and demands for justice since 2017, when a young man was found dead in his home of a drug overdose. Early this year, a second man was found dead inside Buck's West Hollywood apartment.

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Ed Buck , a Democratic donor arrested this week in Los Angeles who allegedly preyed on vulnerable, younger black men , had multiple victims he injected with methamphetamine, earning the nickname " Doctor Kevorkian " with some, federal investigators said. Buck , who faces a federal charge of

Ed Buck , a Democratic donor and activist whose West Hollywood apartment was the scene of two methamphetamine overdose deaths since 2017, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators said a third man suffered an overdose in his home last week.

Community activists and family and friends of the victims have long questioned whether Buck's political connections played a role in the lack of law enforcement action after the first death — an accusation authorities deny.

Jasmyne Cannick, who has led community protests about Buck, said she was pleased with his arrest this week but said it took far too long.

"We brought them plenty of witnesses," Cannick said. "Over the years, I met with victims repeatedly. They didn't want to be out in the open. One of them is now dead, and sadly he didn't get to see this day."

The mother of Gemmel Moore, the man found dead in Buck's home in 2017, thanked her son's supporters for not giving up. In a video statement posted on Twitter, LaTisha Nixon said she felt like prosecutors initially treated her like a criminal when she pressed her case.

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested, charged with operating drug house

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested, charged with operating drug house The prominent Democratic donor and LGBTQ political activist Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed last week, officials said. © Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/TNS Democratic donor Ed Buck, left, Hernan Molina and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran in West Hollywood in 2010. Buck was charged with three counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

L.A. authorities say Ed Buck ran it out of his West Hollywood apartment, where two men fatally overdosed, and preyed mainly on homeless men to engage in sexual Watch CBSN Live. Prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck charged with running drug den where two men fatally overdosed.

Prosecutors accuse Democratic donor Ed Buck of manipulating victims into taking huge doses of meth. Photo: Ed Buck /Facebook. On Tuesday, Ed Black, a prominent Democratic donor and a “violent, dangerous sexual predator” according to Los Angeles County prosecutors, was arrested and

"I am happy. I knew this day was going to come," she said.

A 22-page federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday painted a depraved picture of how Buck earned the grim sobriquet of "Dr. Kevorkian" among the homeless men in West Hollywood's Plummer Park, less than a mile from Buck's home.

Ten men told investigators that Buck had paid them to use drugs and dress in skimpy underwear for his own sexual pleasure. Several of the men claimed they lost consciousness after Buck served them a drink, and some said they woke up to the sight of him injecting drugs into their arms against their will, according to the complaint.

Buck was charged Thursday with one count of distributing methamphetamine leading to a death, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The announcement ended a two-year saga that had circled around Buck, local law enforcement leaders and activists from the city's African American and LGBTQ communities, many of whom alleged Buck had been ducking justice since Moore's 2017 overdose death.

California Democratic donor charged with running drug house

California Democratic donor charged with running drug house A prominent California Democratic donor has been charged with running a drug house where two men died of overdoses. Edward Buck was charged Tuesday and prosecutors are asking that he be held on $4 million bail. 

Infamous Democrat donor Ed Buck has been hit with federal charges in the drug overdose deaths of two black men in his apartment, and now faces up to life in prison. So prolific were his sick appetites that he was known as ' Dr Kevorkian ' among the local homeless population, one man living in West

Prosecutors accuse Democratic donor Ed Buck of manipulating victims into taking huge doses of meth. On Tuesday, Ed Buck , a prominent Democratic donor and a “violent, dangerous sexual predator” according to Los Angeles County prosecutors, was arrested and charged with three counts

Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Buck earlier this week with operating a drug house, but the federal charge could prove far more serious. If convicted of providing the drugs that led to Moore's death, Buck faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Buck made a brief appearance in federal court Thursday afternoon and was ordered held without bail. Calls to his attorney seeking comment were not returned.

Buck was arrested at his West Hollywood home Tuesday night, less than a week after a man fled Buck's home fearing he was suffering a methamphetamine overdose, prosecutors allege.

Buck tried to prevent the man from getting medical attention, authorities said. The man was able to get to a gas station and call 911 after the Sept. 11 incident, which investigators have said was key to bringing charges against Buck.

"The surviving victim's statements gave us the break we needed," said Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, whose office has been the subject of withering criticism for choosing not to prosecute Buck in the past.

Buck's behavior first came under scrutiny in July 2017 after Moore, who had been homeless and sometimes worked as an escort, died of a methamphetamine overdose. Investigators initially ruled his death accidental, but activists and Moore's family quickly challenged that determination. In a journal found among Moore's possessions, the 26-year-old Texas man blamed Buck for his drug addiction.

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested and charged with operating drug house

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested and charged with operating drug house Prominent Democratic donor and LGBTQ political activist Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house, with prosecutors calling him a violent sexual predator who preys on men struggling with addiction and homelessness. 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. Buck is accused of injecting a 37-year-old man, who overdosed but survived, with methamphetamine on Sept. 11.

Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that they have filed charges against prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck in connection with the 2017 death The victim told investigators he heard about Buck from other men , who said they referred to Buck as “ Dr . Kevorkian ” because he was

Prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck was reportedly arrested Tuesday after another man Buck was charged with maintaining a drug house at his West Hollywood address and accused of supplying meth last Moore, who was homeless and worked as a prostitute, died at Buck ’s home in July 2017.

"I've become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that," the journal said. "Ed Buck is the one to thank, he gave me my first injection of chrystal meth."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department revisited the case, and in 2018, investigators asked prosecutors to consider four charges in Moore's death: murder, voluntary manslaughter, and furnishing and possessing drugs. Lacey declined to file a case, citing insufficient evidence.

When a second man — Timothy Dean, 55 — died of an overdose in Buck's apartment in January, the Sheriff's Department said it would take another look at the first case.

Buck first gained political notoriety as a self-described conservative Republican while leading a gubernatorial recall effort in Arizona in the 1980s. But he became prominent in California as an "in-your-face" Democratic activist and booster of animal rights and LGBTQ causes.

In the last decade, he has donated money to all but one member of the current West Hollywood City Council, as well as candidates for the Los Angeles school board and California Senate.

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