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Bank Executive Offically Files Claim, Seeks $50 Million from LAPD

The attorney for Brian Mulligan says his client was unjustly beaten.

The La Cañada bank executive who alleges that Los Angeles Police Department officers brutally beat him last spring has officially filed a claim seeking $50 million in damages from the department.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Brian Mulligan, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Media and Telecommunications for Deutsche Bank, alleges that LAPD officers in Highland Park mistook him for a car thief, held him at the Highland Hotel against his will for several hours and then beat him when he attempted to leave.

Images released by KTLA show Mulligan's face swollen and lined with stitches following his encounter with LAPD. Mulligan claims he still suffers as a result of the beating, listing ailments from damaged nasal passages to post-traumatic stress, according to the LA Times.

Mulligan's attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, and the Los Angeles Police Department have provided two drastically different accounts of the May 15 incident.

, a spokesman for LAPD, said officers first encountered Mulligan at around 10:30 p.m. at the Jack in the Box on 4470 Eagle Rock Blvd., where he was allegedly attempting to break into motor vehicles.

According to Neiman, officers administered a field sobriety test to Mulligan, which he passed, and then took him to the Highland Hotel to rest because he reported that he was suffering from exhaustion.

Though Mulligan passed the field sobriety test, police noted in the incident report the the bank executive admitted ingesting marijuana and bath salts prior to the incident, according to CBS Local.

According to Neiman, officers encountered Mulligan again about two hours later near the intersection of Lincoln and Eagle Rock Boulevards, where he was allegedly acting erratically. When officers attempted to approach him, Neiman says he took a defensive posture, baring his teeth and baring his fingers like claws.

"In controlling him, categorical use of force was employed," Neiman told Patch.

Flanagan, speaking to the L.A. Daily News, accused LAPD of fabricating stories about Mulligan's behavior on the night of the incident to justify their brutal treatment.

"I think their actions were excessive," Mulligan's attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, told the L.A. Daily News. "I don't know why they did what they did, but as soon as we file a lawsuit, we can get depositions and find out what they did."

Hank Hill August 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Police actions were not excessive enough. No sympathy for the drugged out bank exec. I hope he gets slammed and has to pay legal fees for all involved. What a waste of time.
Duff Strong August 28, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I'm going with Bath Salts to be the reason for this whole mess. But I still don't see why he was taken to a hotel room. While I truly dislike the banking industry and all those who support it. I also think the LAPD are just a bunch of unformed gangsters. The problem is, if the LAPD is shown to be at fault here, no cop will have to pay a dime. It will all go, once again, to the tax payer. Personal Accountability. That will change the LAPD and Banking attitude alike.
Carl Showalter August 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
They should have just tased him.
La vie en rose August 29, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Lucky for him ,if had been black he would probably be dead.
mark August 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Seems like "bath salts" are the new "PCP" where the LAPD is concerned. Anytime they beat somebody unmercilessly they simply claim the person was on "bath salts". I mean come oh, how many cops where there? Couldn't the have called for back up? They could have easily tackled the guy and arrested him without causing the type of damage shown in that photo. It sucks that the city will get stuck paying millions of dollars, but the cops guilty of this crime should really be held accountable. Oh and what's the deal with this motel? By either party's account that is just weird.
Carl Showalter August 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Pics don't lie I suppose. Nice going LAPD... http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/27/brian-mulligan-lapd-lawsuit-photo-police-brutality-banker/
flygirl August 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Considering the condition he was in when encountered, does anybody really think he remembers much of what happened and in what order. He's case is worth a big fat 0 when under the influence. Why did he even allow anyone to take him anywhere? That right there speaks volumes. He obviously wasn't coherent enough to take responsability for himself.
L. Michael Black August 30, 2012 at 04:45 PM
The alleged victim deserves his day in court and according to the Law is innocent until proven guilty. On the other hand, there needs to be no legal recourse to explain a lack of "COMMON SENSE" as displayed by law enforcement representatives in this matter.
L. Michael Black August 30, 2012 at 04:46 PM
L. Michael Black 9:45 am on Thursday, August 30, 2012 The alleged victim deserves his day in court and according to the Law is innocent until proven guilty. On the other hand, there needs to be no legal recourse to explain a lack of "COMMON SENSE" as displayed by law enforcement representatives in this matter, and in many recent similar incidents.
mark August 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Huh?
flygirl August 31, 2012 at 07:40 PM
So I guess innocent until proven guilty applies to everyone, including law enforcement. I second that Mark.
L. Michael Black August 31, 2012 at 08:11 PM
We each have a responsibility to speak out against injustice, to protect the sovereignty of a moral and free society, in general, and seek fairness in dealing with laws, and the people that govern us. To not take these responsibilities seriously is to join with the oppressors of freedom and democracy. We've come a long way from the days when a person of color would be arrested for driving in South Pasadena after sunset, but not far enough. We've moved too far from the era of parental - and concerned neighbor - responsibility. Today, who monitored the behaviors of kids in the streets? Common Sense is more of a cliche than an ethic - "Let someone else do it, it's not my problem" We, as a society have worked diligently to allow conditions to run aground. Now, enjoy your benefit.
steve September 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
here we go again with the black thing, please give it a rest.

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