On Tuesday protesters gathered outside the West Hollywood home of well known Democratic donor Ed Buck, with activists calling for Buck’s arrest after another man was found dead in his apartment early on Monday — 17 months after a male escort was discovered dead there.
Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment on July 27, 2017.
Moore’s death initially was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office re-opened the investigation after writings in Moore’s journal implicated Buck in his drug use.
“This was an accidental overdose that Ed Buck had nothing to do with and it’s a tragedy,” Buck’s attorney Seymour Amster told Fox News after prosecutors declined to file charges.
“Arrest Ed Buck, prosecute Ed Buck, and then a jury needs to convict Ed Buck,” activist Jasmyne Cannick said to the crowd gathering outside the California apartment Monday night following the death of a second man.
“This man has had two dead bodies in his house, and he is still in his house.”
“This man is a danger to our community,” another demonstrator said.
Neighbors of Ed Buck’s said they have the same questions as everyone else and have made their own calls to police, according to FOX11.
Buck’s attorney Seymour Amster confirmed the most recent death to Fox News and said the unidentified victim was a “longtime friend” who had known the Democratic donor for 25 years. Amster said the male victim “reached out for [Buck’s] help” Sunday night and began acting “in a bizarre way” after he arrived at Buck’s apartment.
“As far as we’re concerned, this is an accidental death,” said Buck’s attorney, who added police had released the scene and Buck was not under arrest.
The man’s identity and cause of death have not yet been released.
The Sheriff’s Office also said they are now taking a second look at the death
Buck has given more than $500,000 to a range of Democratic groups and candidates — including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
At least six Democrats in California and Arizona confirmed they had returned or redirected donations from Buck.
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