巴克, 66, 原为 被定罪 Tuesday of two drug overdose deaths and injecting men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, in what prosecutors said was a pattern of luring Black men into his apartment as part of a sexual fetish.
Democrats including President Obama, 希拉里·克林顿, 代表. Ted Lieu of California and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois have been recipients of Buck’s money over the years. 在 2019, after his initial arrest, the two congressmen re-donated the amounts Buck gave them to charity.
“Two men have died. Countless others almost died. It is such a humongous relief to know that Ed Buck will never be on the streets again,” Cannick said.
“I am an elected member of the Democratic Party, I am so disappointed in my party: they have had very little to say about this whole entire ordeal over past 4 years – [与] some wanting to give Ed Buck the benefit of the doubt [和] it’s embarrassing.”
Cannick added that she often sees homeless and drug-addled minorities on street corners in Los Angeles, saying that Buck preyed on such people’s desperation.
“Buck was only able to do what he did because of our homelessness crisis,” 她说. “People felt like they had to play Russian roulette with their life with this person to get money to have food for a place to sleep for the night that wasn’t outside.”
She called on Democrats and the mainstream media to call attention to Buck’s crimes and put politics aside.
Cannick said Buck’s conviction is an opportunity to do more than just say things like “黑人的命也是命” and instead let people like Buck off the hook when he hurts or kills Black men.
In court, prosecutors accused Buck of luring men to his West Hollywood apartment and forcing drugs on them.
“He would find desolate, vulnerable victims and push meth on them over and over … until they went unconscious,” 美国助理. Attorney Lindsay Bailey alleged in her closing argument, Fox-owned station, KTTV-TV 已报告.
“That’s what he liked about it – the power gave him sexual gratification. … Every time he stuck a needle in someone’s arm, he was playing God. And he never stopped – not even after two men died.”
福克斯新闻’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.