Updated: Mother Seeks Justice in Death of 26-Year Old Black Gay Male in Apartment of Prominent Democratic Donor
The silence from L.A.'s Democratic community on the recent death of a 26-year-old Black gay male sex worker in the West Hollywood apartment of 63-year-old prominent Democratic political donor Ed Buck has been astounding. Gemmel Moore's July 27 death, was immediately classified as an accidental methamphetamine overdose by the coroner,
but now the Sheriff's Department is taking a closer look after his personal journal was published. Numerous young Black gay men have stepped forward making allegations against Buck recounting similar stories about a man who they say has a Tuskegee Experiment like fetish which includes shooting drugs into young Black men that he picks up off the street or via dating hookup websites.
In his journal, Gemmel Moore wrote, "I honestly don't know what to do. I've become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that," a December entry reads. "Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy."
Another entry read: “My life is at an all-time high right now & I mean that from all ways. I ended up back at Buck house again and got munipulated into slamming again. I even went to the point where I was forced to doing 4 within a 2 day period. This man is crazy and it’s sad. Will I ever get help?” His last entry, dated Dec. 3, 2016, reads: "If it didn't hurt so bad, I'd kill myself, but I'll let Ed Buck do it for now.
Buck has given hundreds of thousands of dollars of Democratic causes and candidates over the years. His Facebook page boasts dozens of photos of him with everyone from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles County Democratic Party and California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman and even Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In online ads soliciting young Black gay men, Buck has referred to them as being a "6-foot" n-word. On his Facebook page, he joked with friends using the n-word.
“Most of Los Angeles' Democratic and LGBT community–which are often one in same–has had nothing to say publicly about Moore's death. Politicians who have received thousands of dollars from Buck over the years have been curiously silent,” wrote social critic and political commentator Jasmyne Cannick. “And while there was no shortage of politicians in Los Angeles falling over themselves to issue statements and be seen in the media condemning the events of Charlottesville and President Trump's response to them–locally they have seemingly looked the other way and conveniently ignored that one of their top donors might be a serial predator who gets his kicks by drugging vulnerable young Black gay men.
“All that talk from Democrats about being allies and at edge of each other's battles goes out the door and loses all credibility when in 2017, a Black gay man can die under more than suspicious circumstances and rather than acknowledge his death–everyone looks the other way because they don't want to alienate a consistent and top-giving political donor.”
To that end, Moore’s family along with activists in California Thursday launched a petition calling on Democrats in five states to return over four hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions from Buck. The petition, which in addition to returning campaign contributions to a fund set up to support Moore’s family and victims of Ed Buck, demands that Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey avoid a conflict of interest and return her contribution from Buck and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.
"From those who denounce nearly anything for political expediency, the silence from our Democratic Party and the majority of our elected officials around Gemmel Moore's death is profoundly disturbing," said Kimberly Ellis, former candidate for California Democratic Party Chair. "Yes, this is about race, sex workers, drug use and power. And yes, it involves a well-connected Party donor. Remaining quiet only sends one message--Gemmel Moore's life doesn't matter. Saying Black lives matter but not speaking out about this is political hypocrisy at its ugliest and demonstrates cowardice, not leadership."
Launched on website Color of Change, whose purpose is to strengthen Black America’s political voice, the petition is being pushed by the Justice 4 Gemmel + All of Ed Buck’s Victims Coalition which is co-chaired by Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon.
“I just want justice for my son,” commented LaTisha Nixon, mother of Gemmel Moore. “Ed Buck’s attorney says that his client was a good friend of my son but I don’t believe that. Good friends who can donate the amount of money he has at least call their good friend’s mother and offer condolences. They call and ask how can they help. Good friends contribute to their good friend’s funeral. We raised money online to cover my son’s funeral from his friends and complete strangers who cared more than Ed Buck. I just want justice for my son and all of Ed Buck’s victims.”
Numerous young Black gay men have stepped forward making allegations against Buck recounting similar stories about a man who they say has a Tuskegee Experiment like fetish which includes shooting drugs into young Black men that he picks up off the street or via dating hookup websites. Buck has been accused of being a sexual predator, kidnapping, forced drug use, injecting unconscious Black gay men with crystal meth, filing false police reports to cover his crimes, coercion and pimping and pandering by his victims.
“Blood stained money is cursed money,” commented activist and Wear Your Voice Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ashlee Marie Preston. “While many recipients may not have been aware of specifics around Ed Buck's deadly experiments with disenfranchised black male youth, there has been an abundance of new evidence produced that confirms his racism, drug use and sexual exploitation of homeless young black men. To hang onto his contributions and avoid making a statement, establishes your allegiance to Ed Buck and sends the message that your values are in alignment with his. While we cannot bring Gemmel Moore back, we can turn this tragedy into triumph by using your returned contributions for legal fees in his family's pursuit for justice.”
Elected officials and organizations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Indiana, Illinois and Washington D.C. that received money from Ed Buck are asked to return their contribution to the Justice 4 Gemmel + All of Ed Buck’s Victims Fund to help with legal costs as well as supporting the family of Gemmel Moore and all of Buck’s victims.
“It’s troubling to see that so many Los Angeles-area Democrats who have taken donations from a man who has allegedly stalked and preyed on the most vulnerable of society have nothing to say,” said Cannick. “Just the fact that the allegations have been made and reported on in the news that these politicians are most influenced by should — and normally would be enough for Democrats to return their donations and issue statements distancing themselves from the accused. But for the most part, nothing. Is it because Ed Buck is white? Is it because he is white and gay? Is it because he often maxes out on contributing to their campaigns? Is it because the accusers are Black gay men? Is it because the accusers are Black?”
“As co-founder of Black Lives Matter I believe that all Black people should be fought for,” said Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. “Gemmel deserves to be alive. Any elected official who received monies from Ed Buck should not only return the money, but should challenge Ed Buck to come out and be accountable for the death of Gemmel.”
Recently Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office granted immunity to victims of Ed Buck’s who have come forward since the death of Gemmel Moore.
The announcement of immunity paves the way for the victims of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck to safely provide statements to homicide detectives that may implicate Buck in the July 27 accidental methamphetamine overdose death of Gemmel Moore as well as other crimes against young Black gay men.
“I’m crying tears of joy through this pain and heartache,” said LaTisha Nixon, mother of Gemmel Moore. “I’m so happy that the district attorney has granted immunity to these young men. I’m proud of everyone who has come forward to share their story with the police in the quest for justice for my son.”