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Bank Exec Says LAPD Cops Forced Him Into Motel Room, Beat Him Up (LAPD Says: Uh, No We Didn't)

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Two sides of a forthcoming lawsuit are already knee-deep in he-said, they-said, and it involves the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD and the City of Los Angeles could be named in a lawsuit by Brian Mulligan, an exec with the Deutsche Bank; Mulligan, 52, claims the cops forced him into a motel room and beat him up. The cops say Mulligan was suspected in recent troublemaking, and was injured during a fairly routine arrest.

Mulligan's tale hit the virtual pages of TMZ (of all places!), and details the mid-May incident in Highland Park that began near a marijuana dispensary. TMZ says Mulligan "claims the cops walked up to him and asked why he was in the area, and then proceeded to search both him and his car. Mulligan says the officers found a large amount of cash in the car -- thousands of dollars -- and then put him in a police car and drove to a nearby motel."

Once at the motel, Mulligan says "he felt he was being set up to be robbed or killed," since the cops allegedly left him there for "several hours." Naturally, Mulligan "made a run for it," but was stopped by officers who proceeded to beat him up.

Mulligan says he sustained "15 fractures to the nasal area, a broken scapula, and severe facial lacerations to a point where he 'barely looked human.'" All that, and he 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.

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The LAPD, however, have a whole other side to the story, as suggested by TMZ and confirmed with the L.A. Weekly:

[LAPD Lieutenant Andy] Neiman says that on the night of May 14, around 10:40 p.m., two LAPD officers responded to reports of a crazed man trying to break into cars at the Jack in the Box drive-thru on Eagle Rock Boulevard. And while the officers were en route, he says they "got another call of a man trying to get into vehicles on the street" -- a white male with the same description as the suspect in the drive-thru incident, later identified as Mulligan.

Mulligan was thought to be "out of it," and perhaps coming off a high of an undetermined source. Neiman says Mulligan claimed exhaustion, and quotes the suspect/victim as asking the police to take him to a hotel to rest. That's when, according to the LAPD, they took him to his vehicle to verify his identity, and spotted all the cash. They found no evidence of a crime, and took Mulligan to the Highland Hotel to get some rest.

A few hours later, however, the LAPD were called back to the area when someone reported a man with Mulligan's description was spotted trying to get into moving vehicles. On scene: Mulligan.

Now the LAPD say that Mulligan wasn't co-operative, according to the LA Weekly: "[T]he officers allege that when they called Mulligan over to them, he took a fighting stance in the street and began to charge straight toward them." The officers took him down, and say that in the weapon-free scuffle, Mulligan was injured.

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Mulligan, who is the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Media and Telecommunications for Deutsche Bank, has not yet filed suit, but could do so next week, asking for an estimated $100 million.

The LAPD say they are conducting their own internal investigation of the incident. Neiman told Highland Park Patch "that Mulligan has never filed any official complaint with LAPD, and that the department first heard his side of the story through TMZ.com."

A City Attorney's office spokesman told the Huffington Post they have a meeting set for October with Mulligan "to have a discussion with him and advise him on how best to follow the law so that incidents like this don’t occur again."