On January 7, 2019, Timothy Dean, 55, became the second Black man found dead of a meth overdose in the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck. Yesterday, a lawyer for Dean’s family filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit against Buck–just as Dean’s friends gathered for remembrance vigil.
“He would give the shirt off his back,” friend Mark Chambers told ABC7. “He literally gave suits to homeless people.”
“Timothy was such a funny, great guy with great sense of style,” recalled Michael Cautillo. “I just don’t know him as the guy that would die that way, that he did, in this man’s apartment.”
The attorney for Dean’s family, Hussain Turk, has filed suit against Buck for wrongful death, assault, and violating the Drug Dealer Liability Act. Turk also represents the family of Gemmel Moore, who died at Buck’s home in 2017, in a separate suit. That complaint also names District Attorney Jackie Lacey for not acting soon enough to stop Buck, despite outcry in the community that Buck was a sexual predator focusing on at-risk Black men, administering fatal doses of methamphetamine.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, the suit alleges that Buck “had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black gay men and watching them cling to life while battling symptoms of methamphetamine toxicity after he intravenously administered large doses of the drug to them.”
Turk told the Times, “The issue of sexual violence has become very salient thanks to the #MeToo movement, but one of the failures of the movement is that really only wealthy, white women are trusted when they come forward with allegations. Had the victims in this case been white or wealthy, then we firmly believe that the claims would have been taken much more seriously.”
Buck is currently in jail awaiting trial on state and federal criminal charges in relation to the deaths of Dean and Moore. He maintains his innocence.
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