Impulse Group: 30 Years ‘Not Enough’ for Ed Buck Sentence – Benzinga – Press Release


IMPULSE GROUP, a global organization with over 500 volunteers on five continents whose purpose is to engage, support and connect gay men globally, expressed its disappointment at the 30-year sentence handed down to Ed Buck, the former prominent West Hollywood Democratic political donor and activist, arguing Buck should have received a life sentence for the horrific drug and sex crimes perpetrated on vulnerable men of color, two of whom died in his apartment. Impulse also expressed its deep condolences to the families of all of Buck’s victims.

“Like many other gay Angelinos, I feel elated to finally see some justice for Ed Buck! He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally drugging two men. Ed Buck, once a high profile Democratic political donor and activist, lured men to parties in his apartment and drugged them with methamphetamines. It’s an important case that needs to bring awareness to the issue of predators like Buck who prey on vulnerable victims -Black men struggling with addiction and homelessness. Gay Black men who are drug-dependent and homeless are most at risk. The fact that he was free after having two men die in his West Hollywood apartment shows how much work we still must do. He was not arrested or charged until September 2019, a week after a third man overdose at his apartment. Would this have taken that long if the men had been white?” said Jose Ramos, Founder of Impulse Group.

Ramos continued, “I live on the same street where Ed Buck’s apartment is located. As this case evolved, I remember walking by the front of his building and seeing all candles and flowers for weeks. I will gaze at his apartment and wonder how many gay men he drugged, raped and abused. His victims were often Black men and according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, he would inject them at his apartment with syringes full of meth, sometimes while they were unconscious. At the sentencing hearing, Buck told Judge Snyder that he was not the “meth-fueled ax killer” and…