Bank Exec Suing LAPD for Excessive Force Told Cops He Was High on Bath Salts
The Deutsche Bank executive looking to sue the Los Angeles Police Department for a bizarre encounter last May that he alleges involved use of excessive force and false imprisonment was high on bath salts, according to the police report.52-year-old Brian Mulligan, who has a $50 million claim against the LAPD, told officers he had not slept in four days, had "ingested marijuana," and had consumed "white lightning,"--what cops say is a term used to describe "bath salts which possess intoxicating effects similar to methamphetamine and cocaine," according to CBS2.
The LAPD first encountered Mulligan when they responded to reports of a crazed man trying to bust into cars at the drive-thru of the Jack in the Box on Eagle Rock Boulevard the night of May 14.
Per the report, the LAPD say they saw Mulligan in the area, and he matched the description from the reports; they say Mulligan "was sweating profusely and walking with an unsteady gait," and Mulligan told the officers "he was being chased and didn’t know why."
Mulligan also allegedly revealed that he was depressed and going through a divorce. In their report, officers noted Mulligan was "responsive to questions, [and] appeared calm, lucid and cooperative," says CBS2.
Lieutenant Andy Neiman, a LAPD spokesman, previously described the remainder of the encounter involving the officers escorting Mulligan to his vehicle, where they established his identity, but also found a large amount of cash in the car. They determined there was no crime, and when Mulligan asked the LAPD to help get him to a nearby motel to rest, the officers complied.
However, three hours later, those same officers were called to the area near the motel in response to a call of a man running into oncoming traffic. There they found Mulligan once again.
Mulligan claims that he had felt trapped at the motel, as though he were being set up. He said he left the room because he wanted to make a run for it, but was caught by officers outside who beat him up.
The officers, however, say that they had to restrain Mulligan when they encountered him in the street. According to the police report:
Mulligan abruptly turned around and took a combative stance by arching his back, holding up both arms above his head and contorting his hands in a claw-like manner — all while baring his teeth and snarling.
An officer narrates what happened next:
“After evading the blows, the suspect lunged toward me with both arms outstretched and attempted to tackle me.. At this time, I sidestepped the suspect and pushed him with both hands on his back toward the ground. A use of force then occurred.”
Ultimately, Mulligan was arrested for resisting arrest and interfering with law enforcement. The County District Attorney declined to prosecute, however, and so far the L.A. City Attorney doesn't appear to be prepping a criminal case against Mulligan.
Mulligan's attorneys say their client sustained such a blow to his face he had "15 fractures to his nose and required 54 stitches to close up the lacerations," however they would not comment about the information revealed in the report about the marijuana and bath salts.