Black Lives Matter Los Angeles staged a protest outside of District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office in downtown Los Angeles, on Wednesday. The protest was a blunt call to oust Lacey and to prosecute former Democratic donor Ed Buck, who has yet to be arrested for his connection in the deaths of two men, Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, 55, who both died in Buck’s apartment from apparent drug overdoses.
Activists brought the ashes of Gemmel Moore to the foot of the D.A.s doors and demanded justice.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are,” said Benjamin Franklin, a friend of Gemmel Moore.
“Ed Buck is a danger to society, not just because of what he’s doing to black men, but what he’s exposing our community to in general. He’s exposing our community to being hooked on crystal meth and other drugs,” Family friend of Moore, Jerome Kitchen, said.
“The Black Lives Matter demonstration was a great show of solidarity by people from all walks of life who demand justice for Gemmel Moore, Timothy Dean and many victims of murder whose perpetrators were not brought to justice,” editor and publisher of The Blunt Post, Vic Gerami said at the protest. “Alongside members of Black Lives Matter, were families of victims, members of several human rights organizations and activists such as Ashlee Marie Preston, Jerome Kitchen, David Cunningham and West Hollywood Council Member Lindsey Horvath. Today was a reminder that all of us need to join the chorus of voices and demand that elected officials do their job, rather than play politics as usual and ignore the very people who elected them.”
Authorities identified Dean this morning. His lifeless body was carried out of Ed Buck’s apartment on Monday, January 7, 18 months after Moore was found naked and not breathing on a mattress in Buck’s home.
Dean was employee at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and also known for his gay porn past under the porn name Hole Hunter with adult movies spanning from 2007 to 2015.
A candlelight vigil for the victims of Ed Buck will be staged outside of Buck’s apartment building on Laurel Avenue on Friday, January 11, starting at 7pm. Gemmel Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon, will join Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and other civil rights activists at a news conference.