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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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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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Anniversary Vigil to be Held to Mark the Death of Timothy Dean

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — A candlelight vigil on the one year anniversary of the death of Timothy Dean who died in Ed Buck’s West Hollywood apartment will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Friends and community members will gather at West Hollywood Park at 7 p.m. to remember the 55-year-old fashion consultant who was found dead of a crystal meth overdose in Buck’s apartment.

The community will also renew their call for justice for all of Ed Buck’s victims including for Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to charge Buck in the deaths of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore who died in Buck’s apartment on July 27, 2017, and Timothy Dean.

Buck remains in federal custody at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles awaiting trial in August 2020 on federal charges of providing drugs resulting in death and three counts of distributing methamphetamine. He has not been charged by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey in the deaths of Moore and Dean.

The vigil will take place on Tue., Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at West Hollywood Park located at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. For more information, please visit justice4gemmel.org

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Former OJ Prosecutor Darden Defends Ed Buck in WeHo Drug Deaths

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LOS ANGELES (New York Times) — Christopher Darden, best known for prosecuting O.J. Simpson, is now representing Ed Buck, the wealthy Democratic donor charged in two overdose deaths at his Los Angeles-area apartment.

Buck, 65, has pleaded not guilty to distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January and Gemmel Moore in 2017.

Federal prosecutors say Buck preyed on vulnerable gay men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual. Buck is also charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed.

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