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Black LGBTQ+/SGL Civil Rights Group Reacts to Ed Buck Being Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

CONTACT: Brett Abrams | 

LOS ANGELES — Late yesterday, Ed Buck was sentenced to 30 years in prison for giving two Black LGBTQ+/same-gender loving men fatal doses of methamphetamines at his West Hollywood apartment. 

The two men, Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, died 18 months apart at what the Justice Department had called “party and play” sessions at Mr. Buck’s apartment. Prosecutors said he lured men to sex-fueled parties and drugged them from 2011 to 2019.

In reaction to his sentencing, David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading Black LGBTQ+/SGL civil rights organization, issued the following statement: 

“Ed Buck preyed on vulnerable Black same gender loving men, stole two of their lives, and nearly killed a third person. We are thankful for National Black Justice Coalition co-founder Jasmyne Cannick and the work of others who helped keep our community safe by holding him accountable. 

“We celebrate Ed Buck being held accountable and urge community and public safety leaders to do the same for others who have taken and place at extreme risk Black LGBTQ+/SGL lives — often without consequence.”

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.