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Second Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Ed Buck

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LOS ANGELES — Today, oral arguments will be heard in a motion to dismiss the Gemmel Moore wrongful death lawsuit against Democratic political donor Ed Buck, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum. 

Moore, 26, died of a crystal meth overdose in 2017 at Buck’s apartment. The lawsuit is seeking damages against Buck for the wrongful death of Moore, sexual battery, drug dealer liability, premises liability, negligence per se, intentional infliction of emotional distress and hate violence. 

District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum are named as co-defendants for their violation of Moore’s civil rights in their race-based refusal to prosecute Ed Buck, which ultimately resulted in the Jan. 7, 2019, death of Timothy Dean under almost identical circumstances that should and could have been prevented and the overdose of another man in September 2019.

The hearing will take place on Monday, January 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the United States District Court for the Central District of California located at 350 W. First Street in Los Angeles.

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CA’s Four U.S. Attorneys Agree to Permanent Ban on Fentanyl

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SACRAMENTO — The following statement was issued by the four U.S. Attorneys who serve California: Nicola T. Hanna (Central District of California), David L. Anderson (Northern District of California), Robert S. Brewer (Southern District of California) and McGregor W. Scott (Eastern District of California)

To fight this epidemic, law enforcement must have all the necessary tools at their disposal. One such tool is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 2018 order making all fentanyl-related drugs illegal in the United States.

Unfortunately, that order was temporary and will expire in less than two weeks. The Senate recently passed bipartisan legislation approving a 15-month extension of the temporary order. While this is a step in the right direction, and the House should pass the Senate’s bill, a longer term solution is needed. We need a permanent ban on all fentanyl-like drugs.

Illicit fentanyl is manufactured in labs in China and Mexico and smuggled into the United States. It is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. So powerful, in fact, that only a couple milligrams – the size of a few grains of salt – can kill the average person.

Fentanyl, however, is unique. Because it is made in labs using chemicals, its structure is easily manipulated. And the drug cartels that manufacture and traffic this synthetic poison into our neighborhoods understand American laws and know how to exploit them.

They know that by changing a single molecule in the chemical structure of fentanyl, they have essentially created a new drug. One that, unlike fentanyl, is not illegal in the United States. These drugs, known as “fentanyl analogues,” do as fentanyl does: create more addicts and kill more Americans. The analogues – which can be up to 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine – will become legal if Congress fails to act.

The DEA’s 2018 decision to temporarily schedule – that is, to make illegal – all fentanyl-related substances was a response to the extraordinary legal loophole exploited by drug traffickers. In April 2019, China also outlawed all fentanyl-related substances. This is extraordinary progress, with one caveat. Unlike China’s law, the United States’ has an expiration date.

On Feb. 6, 2020, the DEA’s temporary order expires, and all drugs seized by U.S. investigators over the past two years that have tested positive as fentanyl analogues will no longer be illegal. If Congress fails to pass the legislation it will have a dramatic impact not just on the prosecutors and law enforcement officers who spend their lives investigating and prosecuting drug dealers, but on communities already hard hit by the opioid epidemic, many of which are right here in California.

Despite the tireless efforts of law enforcement, California continues to be a main thoroughfare for fentanyl and fentanyl-like drugs arriving from China and Mexico. In 2019, federal law enforcement agents seized approximately three-quarters of a ton of fentanyl at the six ports of entry we share with Mexico and in all places in between.

That’s 20 percent more than in 2018. And our federal resources are not infinite; we need all the help we can get. Passing this legislation would provide invaluable support to us as prosecutors and the entire law enforcement community as we continue to combat the opioid crisis in California and throughout America.

 A number of organizations have voiced opposition to the proposed legislation, arguing that the bill does not “embrace public health approaches to the overdose crisis.” We agree that a comprehensive approach to the crisis is needed, and a permanent fentanyl analogue ban should be viewed as part of a holistic effort.

But time is running out. There is no doubt that drug traffickers are eagerly awaiting the temporary order’s expiration to start flooding our communities with these dangerous drugs. The passage of this legislation is quite literally a matter of life and death.

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City of WeHo ‘Chemsex’ Town Hall to Raise Awareness on Feb 12

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood will host a Chemsex town hall forum in partnership with the Institute for Public Strategies to provide information and raise awareness about chemical sex and promote harm reduction and sober sex among community members, with a special emphasis with men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers.

Chemsex is the consumption of substances such as meth, GHB, cocaine, or MDMA, among other substances, to facilitate or enhance sexual activity.

According to studies, men who have sex with men who consume drugs during sex may help them to manage negative feelings, such as lack of self-esteem and confidence, internalized homophobia, or stigma about HIV status.

The Chemsex town hall forum will include a panel of participants and will facilitate an honest discussion about sex and the use of substances.

The City, through its Social Services Division is committed to supporting community members through agencies that provide substance abuse, recovery, and health/mental health services. For additional information, please visit weho.org/wehocares.

For more information about the Chemsex town hall forum, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6403 or croskin@weho.org.

Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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Security Tip: How Not to Die at an Underground Party in LA

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LOS ANGELES (L.A.Taco)– An underground party in a Fashion District warehouse erupted into chaos late November after a man pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds into the crowd during a fight.

Six partygoers were injured in the shooting while more than 200 people fled into the street to escape the gunfire. The shooting is still under investigation, but questions regarding safety and security have arisen among Los Angeles’ nightlife community.

Shootings may be a rarity in Los Angeles’ underground party scene; however, these spaces are less regulated and do have the potential to be less safe, said Nikola Hlady of the Los Angeles Nightlife Alliance.

Underground parties at warehouses and other unlicensed venues have long been at the core of the electronic music scene in Los Angeles, helping launch the careers […]

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