Police are reopening the investigation of a gay sex worker who was found dead in the home of a wealthy Democratic donor. Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead on July 27 in the home of Edward Buck, 62, a wealthy donor to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and California Governor Jerry Brown.
The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Moore's death an accidental overdose and police closed the case, ruling out foul play.
But Moore's family took their suspicions to the news media and local lawmakers.
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Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, accused the police of covering up for a serial predator who preys on gay black men by paying them to inject themselves with large doses of meth so he can watch their reactions.
"I called one of my son’s friends and was like, 'who the hell is Edward Buck?'" Nixon said last month. "And my son’s friend was like, 'Oh my God, that’s that white guy, that wealthy white politician guy…' He was like 'Oh my God…'"
Nixon said investigators told her no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found inside Buck's home.
After nearly a month of political pressure, the LA County Sheriff's Office announced the decision to reopen Moore's case at a city council meeting on Monday.
Nixon asked council members to put pressure on the police, even if it means offering immunity to other gay men who were solicited by Buck.
"I just want you guys to please put pressure on whoever needs pressure, so that these people can get immunity and I can get justice for my son," she told the council.
"Ed Buck has been soliciting young, gay black men," Nixon told reporters outside the city council meeting.
"He has them wear these long white under-johns. He takes pictures of them. He hits them up with meth. The more meth that they smoke and inject, the more money that he gives them."
"I'm asking for justice for my son - regardless to the fact of whatever he did. He still was my son. He still was a person."