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Ed Buck, shown in 2010, was charged with battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, according to L.A. County prosecutors.
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Ed Buck Facing Drug Charges After Third Man Suffers Overdose In His Home

Buck could be facing up to five years in prison for charges of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

After nearly two years of protests and calls to action against former Democratic donor Ed Buck, the 65-year-old was arrested after a man overdosed on methamphetamine at his apartment.

The LA Times reports Buck was arrested Tuesday evening (Sept. 17) and charged with one count of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. Noted as Joe Doe, the victim met Buck at his home Sept. 4 where he "personally and deliberately” administered a large dose of methamphetamine. The man left after fearing an overdose but returned Sept. 11 where he was yet again injected with "two dangerously large" doses of meth. Doe survived but Buck's previous victims didn't.

The first was Gemmel Moore, who died at Moore's apartment at Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood. A coroner cited the cause of death on an accidental overdose, but Moore's family was convinced the 26-year-old didn't inject himself. Diary entries found by friends and presented to the public by reporter Jasmyne Cannick showcased Moore's fears about Buck's alleged fetishes around drugs and gay black men.

"I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worse [sic] one at that," one entry reads. "Ed Buck is the one to thank, he gave me my first injection of meth. It was very painful but after all the troubles I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy. … I just hope the end result isn’t death. … If it didn’t hurt so bad I’d kill myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”

"Ed had nothing to do with his [Moore's] death," his lawyer Seymour I. Amster told the LA Times in September 2017. "Ed is a caring soul who allows individuals to have access to his home who are homeless or who have other social or economic issues, to give them a place to wash up in a safe environment. Unfortunately, many of these individuals come in with their lifestyles."

But earlier this year another man named Timothy Michael Dean was also found dead at Buck's apartment. Dean was also a black queer man. Many others began stories about Buck's behavior towards the men who faced battles with homelessness or drug usage.

Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck and Los Angeles County officials. During Buck's arrest, the case wasn't brought up but Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she was "concerned" about other victims Buck may have targeted.

"I remain deeply concerned for the safety of people whose life circumstances may make them more vulnerable to criminal predators," Lacey said.

"For more than two years, activists have said Buck wasn't charged with a crime because he is white, wealthy and politically connected. Now they're welcoming news that he has been arrested."We're just completely ecstatic," Cannick said via Twitter. "Black gay men's lives matter. The whole black LGBT community is going to be celebrating this evening because our lives matter."

“I feel vindicated for all the people who said it was never going to happen,” she told the LA Times. “I feel really good for all the young men he took advantage of because they didn’t feel like anyone took them seriously like their lives weren’t important enough for anyone to really care about.”

If convicted, Buck faces a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison.

Read George Johnson's Ed Buck And The Black Queer Lives That Don't Matter here.

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Attorneys for Guyger claim that there was insufficient evidence to warrant a conviction. The legal documents reportedly want the murder conviction tossed, or changed to criminally negligent homicide.

“I feel like she received a slap on the wrist for taking my brother’s life,” Botham Jean’s sister Allis Findley. “This tells me that she feels like she didn’t do anything wrong. She did not step on my brother’s toe. She took his life.”

Guyger was found guilty on Oct. 1. She maintains that she entered Jean’s apartment believing that it was her own. Guyger testified that she shot Jean believing that he was an intruder.

“She should have received life, so she should take her 10 years in prison and shut up,” added Findley. “If the court was to do this it would prove that, yes, there is systematic racism and white privilege does prevail over Black life. I’m hoping this appeal gets thrown out and her conviction holds. I’m hoping they overturn the 10 years and give her life instead.”

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Oprah Winfrey Puts Up 26 Billboards Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

Oprah Winfrey and the team at O, The Oprah Magazine, erected 26 billboards demanding the arrest of the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. The billboards went up all around Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday (Aug. 6).

“Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested an charged,” the billboards reads. The billboard encourages people to visit UntilFreedom.com (the organization co-founded by Tamika D. Mallory, Mysonne Linen, Angela Pintom and Linda Sarsoir) and includes a quote from Oprah, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”

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26 billboards - for every year of life of #BreonnaTaylor erected in Louisville, KY.

Kentucky will not forget her name. We will get justice for Breonna. pic.twitter.com/rOM2bhVdAy

— untilfreedom (@untilfreedom) August 6, 2020

A drawing of Taylor also covers the Sept. 2020 edition of O Magazine, marking the first time that Winfrey wasn’t the publication’s covergirl. Winfrey decided to use the magazine’s 20th anniversary cover to amplify Taylor’s story.

On March 13, Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot to death by former and current Louisville police officers Jonathon Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove. None of them have been charged in her murder.

“She was just like me. She was just like you,” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. I think about Breonna Taylor often.

“The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon.”

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Breonna Taylor. She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon. Head to OprahMag.com for more—and thank you to @alexis_art, a 24-year-old digital artist, who captured the essence of Breonna. The issue will be available wherever you buy or download magazines on 8/11.

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Zonnique, who will be welcoming a daughter with Izzy, surprised Tip with the baby news during an episode of her Fox Soul show The Mix on Wednesday (Aug. 6).

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“But when it comes to going to doctor's appointments, I go to all of them by myself. I ask every single time, 'Can I bring my boyfriend?' And they're like, 'No, only you can come.' That's been the worst part," she added.

“I'm hoping by the time I'm ready to have the baby it will be over with. But I'm sure it won't be, so I'll be in there with one person, most likely. I'm just trying not to get my hopes too high anymore.”

Peep the video below to see Tip's hilarious reaction to learning that he's going to be a grandfather.

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