Saturday, November 9, 2019

Animal Rights Hall of Shame: Ed Buck

Criminals, Sex Predators and Drug Addicts. Welcome to the World of Animal Rights.

Meet Ed Buck. 
Ed Buck with one unhappy looking dog.

Ed Buck is a long time Democrat political operative and animal rights activist in California. He was the director of Social Compassion in Legislation. A man without any visible means of support was a huge political donor to democratic candidates (including Clinton and Obama) and to animal rights campaigns such as Animal PAC.

He was behind many campaigns to outlaw the sale of puppies in pet stores and the recently enacted state-wide fur ban in California. One of his first wins came in 2011 with West Hollywood banning fur as a result of his "Fur-Free West Hollywood" campaign.  Like many activists, his concern for animals really covered up and gave him moral cover for his much darker activities. 

Buck was known for meddling in political campaigns and at one point even running for City Council himself.  Local authorities at times even had to have police escorts to protect themselves from Buck.  Known for his volatile bullying behavior, he used to run on the slogan that you can tell a lot about people from the way they treat animals.  Hypocrisy is alive and well in the animal rights movement. 

"This could be the beginning of the end of puppy mills and it's happening in W. Hollywood, one of the most progressive cities on animal welfare issues." --Ed Buck, Social Compassion in Legislation Director and West Hollywood resident. (Posted by CAPS (Companion Animals Protection Society on January 29, 2010).

Like all animal rights activists, it's only a matter of time before their house of cards comes falling down. In Buck's case it started with a black male prostitute Gemmel Moore dying of a drug overdose in his apartment.  
At first it was quickly hushed up and pushed aside in the media who focused on slandering the dead guy even though police records show the body was found along with 24 needles, five pipes, a crap ton of meth and numerous sex toys. 

Moore's family claimed he was a prostitute and Buck was his client.  Police choose to believe politically connected Buck who claimed he was just offering shelter to a poor friend down on his luck.  Poor Ed Buck!  Turns out Moore had left behind a diary where he left written records that it was Buck who introduced him to drugs and made him an addict.  Getting no justice from the police, Moore's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck.  

The cover-up continued until a 2nd man died at Buck's home. Adult porn star, Timothy Dean, 55, died. Another black man. Found again in the same circumstances. Surrounded by drugs and sex toys. The dead men's families and activists in the community alleged that the deaths of both men were being covered up because they were gay black men and Buck was a highly connected white man. Local community activists (including 50 civil rights organizations) had been trying to get the police to investigate Buck for years. Buck's nickname was Doctor Kevorkian. The deaths of both of these men were preventable if the police had just acted sooner to the legion of evidence against Buck. 

At first Buck claimed he was the victim here.  Not the dead men.  Poor suffering Ed Buck was just giving shelter to 'vulnerable people in bad circumstances.'  Poor me he whined! 

Turns out the truth was so much darker than that.  He was finally busted when he was hit with a knockout punch.  Another man OD'd on drugs he supplied (and injected him with!) but managed to get away and get help.  Another victim, Jermaine Gagnon, stepped forward with pictures proving Buck was running a gay sex drug den and went straight to the media.   The police whined endlessly as to why Gagnon hadn't come to them with his proof but the police had been covering up for Buck for years.  Why should Gagnon trust them?

“It’s been two years. In that time, we’ve presented nine witnesses who’ve been forced to ingest drugs. The police did nothing with these reports,” attorney Hussain Turk, who represents one of the victims’ families, told the Daily Beast. “The reason why we believe police did nothing with these reports is because of the races and sexual orientations of the victims—they’re black, gay, homeless, and people who are the most vulnerable of our society. The police don’t view them as valid witnesses.” Turk added that he believed the district attorney’s office only filed charges against Buck to prevent a public relations crisis as a result of backlash within the local black community.

Finally public pressure became too much and the police started a real investigation into the situation.  What they uncovered was horrific.   The charging documents reveal they found hundreds of pornographic pictures of men in Buck's apartment in comprising poses.  At least 10 victims have come forward with their stories about how they almost died in Buck's apartment. 

Since the investigation was launched, a number of other men of color have come forward to claim political power player Buck, who is single and came out as gay at 16, paid them to take drugs. The coroner's report, from July 31, 2017, noted that investigators spoke with a woman who knew Moore, who said that the prostitute had told her about another man he knew that had been tied up by Buck 'over a year ago', who then 'held him against his will at the residence in West Hollywood.'Buck was arrested on three counts of battery and running a drug den

Turns out his biggest sexual fetish was watching good looking young black men overdose from drugs he administered himself. 

Court documents filed on Tuesday portray Buck as a "violent, dangerous sexual predator," who uses the bait of drugs, money, and shelter to lure men struggling with addiction and homelessness into his home, where he "manipulates them into participating in his sexual fetishes."

Buck is now charged with numerous federal counts including three felony counts of battery (for injecting the men with crystal meth) and with running a drug house.  Meanwhile the cover-up continues.  Mainstream media has downplayed how much of a political power player Buck was while politicians are quickly distancing themselves from him.   The New York Times called him 'small-time'.  Right!

Ed Buck with former California Governor Jerry Brown

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