Mayor John D’Amico’s Comments on the Arrest of Ed Buck

Before we start our Public Comment period – I’d like to speak for a few moments about the arrest, last week, on Laurel Avenue.  Then we will hear from members of the public and then from Captain Ramirez.

First, I’d like to acknowledge and recognize the pain and anguish of the families and friends of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean. Ms. LaTisha Nixon, Gemmel’s mother is here with us today.

John D’Amico

When we spoke on the phone in August 2017, I promised, Ms. Nixon that I would do all I could, that all of us would, to be sure that justice would be served.  There were no words of consolation then and still today there are no words of consolation that are sufficient. But, please know that I — and my colleagues on the City Council — have been seeking justice and we have been working to press the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office for a full investigation and for answers. Every meeting and at times in between we have continuously asked for updates on this case and the progress towards justice.  I’d like to acknowledge the Sheriff’s and the Department of Justice for listening to us and for looking deeper.

We all have a role to play in the pursuit of justice. While our particular roles as community leaders are not always visible as investigations unfold: we have pressed; we have pushed, and we will continue to persist until we have more answers than we have questions.

This takes all of us working together. Our community has often relied on activists to do the heavier lifting, in the time of AIDS, for LGBT rights,  and this situation has been no different.  I’d like to recognize the activists and advocates that have pushed our institutions to hold themselves accountable in the pursuit of justice. In particular, Jasmyne Cannick deserves a lot of recognition for her tireless commitment to shedding light on these tragedies. And to Jerome Kitchens who has also challenged us to keep our eyes on the ball.  

To many people in our community, the past two-plus-years have seemed like far too long to wait for answers. Activists and advocates have worked to make sure all of us are vigilant. We did not take our eyes off the ball.

This investigation has already been a long road; in some ways, though, we are still at the beginning. There is a trial ahead with many more news stories to come.As a community, we must continue to examine ourselves and ask what we can do better.

I believe in the power of justice, its slow-turning wheels, that press only forward. And, it’s important that we continue to ask, and more importantly answer the hard questions. We can’t be the community we aspire to be if we don’t acknowledge that we must not shy away from important conversations about race, class, inequity, shame, addiction, and recovery. They are all factors in the pursuit of justice in this case.

As a Mayor and more importantly as a resident, I will keep taking action to make sure we’re always doing what we can in seeking justice. Surely, I should not have trouble, surely West Hollywood should not have trouble, in doing this.

To the activists and advocates, to the families and friends of Mr. Moore and Mr. Dean, and the victims who have bravely come forward, we see you, we heard you, and we’re with you. Thank you for making us all do better.


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Juan Carlos
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Juan Carlos

John D’Amico is a huge supporter of the Weho Sheriff’s dept, a corrupt organization through and through. D’Amico can’t be trusted – not on Ed Buck, not in his alliance with the Weho Sheriffs, not in anything he does.

Erick W
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Erick W

My first dealings with Mayor D’Amico when he was campaigning. I told him West Hollywood should be ashamed of the corruption. What was he going to do?You all lie and promise the world to get elected. He made a promise to me in front of a few people that he will do everything possible to build the faith back in the weho residents. I have personally called the mayor on issues I witnessed with construction workers not following OSHA safety and violating city ordinances. In less then an hour Mr DAmico has returned my call and sent code compliance immediately,… Read more »

Marco Colantonio
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Marco Colantonio

On a personal note, my experience with Mayor D’Amico is that he says one thing when you’re campaigning for him and he needs to get elected and then does another once he’s gotten what he wants. That’s probably why he went from a landslide to a win by the skin of his teeth, losing 40% of his base (1000 voters). He recently asked me why I wrote an Opinion piece without confronting him and I told him quite honestly, I didn’t trust him and with good reason. I reminded him of the adage: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool… Read more »

Eric Jon Schmidt
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Too little, too late. It’s as though The Mayor is taking credit for the arrest after taking Buck money over the years and welcomed his help getting elected. If Mr. D’Amico had moral depth, he would have ended his relationship with Buck as soon as he suspected anything and he would have fought harder to get him arrested before the second death. I am a person who believes in facts and transparency. Please tell us, Mayor what you and the other Council Members did to help bring Buck down that we the public are not privy to as you suggested.… Read more »

Randy
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Randy

I think your assumption is absurd. Cover up? Please prove it. “If Mr. D’Amico had moral depth, he would have ended his relationship with Buck as soon as he suspected anything and he would have fought harder to get him arrested before the second death.” – I believe he did just that, after the death of Mr. Moore. It was not the responsibility of the Council to protect the public from Buck: it was the responsibility of the DA’s office and the Sheriff’s Department. And their response, in a lengthy press conference last week, was that they didn’t have enough… Read more »

carleton cronin
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These are the words of a man of moral depth and the words of a leadeer.

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Or on the other hand

these are the words of a man who needed to make himself look good after so many bad decisions and alliances w ed buck.