Trial evidence this week outlines the horrifying details in the trial of Ed Buck, who recorded at least 1,500 times he used meth, often with vulnerable young black men forced to wear humiliating costumes and endure racial slurs. Two of the men died in Buck’s apartment. Los Angeles’ NBC 4 has been investigating the case for some time:
Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean both died at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. Via The Advocate:
Buck recorded nearly all of his encounters, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recovered over 2,400 videos on Buck’s computers, cell phones, and iCloud account, according to Cannick. Of the 2,400, over 1,500 contained instances of drug use.
Speaking to The Advocate, Cannick described a wrenching day on Friday, where jurors and those attending the proceedings were shown some of Buck’s videos. Some of the clips displayed Buck and/or his victims smoking meth from a pipe with rubber tubing while wearing a black leather hood mask or Blackface masks; other videos showed Buck directing the men on how he wanted them to smoke meth.
“In one such video, Ed Buck told a Black man to flare his nostrils and open his eyes really wide while facing the camera and blowing smoke from a meth pipe,” Cannick reported on her blog. Some of the videos showed Buck referring to the men as the n word and other racist terms.
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