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Former Deutsche Bank Exec's Trial Against LAPD Begins

Brian Mulligan, 54, is seeking at least $20 million in damages.

By City News Service 

A former Deutsche Bank executive told a federal jury Tuesday that he was beaten and illegally held captive by two Los Angeles police officers, but the defense countered that Brian Mulligan was out of control on "bath salts" and injured when he attacked officers who were trying to help him.

Mulligan, who is La Cañada Flintridge resident, told jurors in his excessive force lawsuit against two LAPD officers that he was walking the night of May 15, 2012, after visiting an Eagle Rock medical marijuana dispensary when he was stopped by the officers, given a field sobriety test, handcuffed for no reason, taken to a Highland Park motel and later beaten with a baton.

Although both sides agree on some aspects of the bizarre story, a defense attorney said in opening statements Mulligan was dangerously out of control on the night of the violent encounter.

After allegedly being discovered by the officers dragging a city trash can down the street and trying to get into a stranger's car, Mulligan became a "growling, frothing, angry man" and lunged at officers James Nichols and John Miller, attorney Denise Zimmerman told the eight-person civil jury in federal court in downtown Los Angeles.

Mulligan, 54, is seeking at least $20 million in damages.

His attorney, Skip Heller, summed up the case for jurors in his opening as "he said/she said. He's going to say they beat me up. They're going to say he attacked them. It's a very simple case."

Heller showed the panel graphic photos of Mulligan's injuries and played police radio calls in which pained screams could be heard in the background. Against defense objections, Heller introduced the bloody shirt his client wore on the night of the incident.

In his opening statement, Heller conceded that, two weeks prior to the incident, Mulligan had taken "bath salts," a designer drug that's been called a synthetic form of methamphetamine. The substance, which could be purchased legally two years ago, is an "energizer," the attorney told the jury.

The suit alleges that "Nichols hit Mulligan in the face with his baton, swinging it like a baseball bat, shattering Mulligan's nose and knocking Mulligan to the pavement. Nichols and Miller then beat Mulligan in the head. Mulligan, bleeding profusely and drifting in and out of consciousness, pleaded with them to stop."

Nichols and Miller are both expected to take the stand. The trial is scheduled for the rest of the week.

Before joining Deutsche Bank, Mulligan held management jobs at Fox Television and Universal Pictures, according to his court papers.


Frank Mackey January 22, 2014 at 01:19 AM
Is the officer James Nichols the same involved in the high profile scandal involving two officers forcing prostitutes to perform sex acts?
Bob Roberts January 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Let the punishment fit the vice. Deutsche Bank, and Fox on his resume...looks like karma caught up with him.
Alex White January 22, 2014 at 01:19 PM
You betcha... LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS News January 15, 2014 7:09 PM reports "The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $575,000 to settle a lawsuit from a former police informant who alleged that two officers forced her to have sex” Apparently, the LA City Council unanimously approved the payment. Must have been deemed cheaper to pay her off than go to trail and have LAPD’s dirty underwear on the line-- again. The defendants were the city and veteran narcotics officers James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela. The claim is the officer’s actions were less than professional. As I understand it, the officers are on “home duty” awaiting LAPD disciplinary hearings for this and three similar cases. Apparently, IAD was on the hunt starting “in or around 2010.” Nichols was transferred from Hollywood to Northeast and continued to patrol. The “Informant” pulled the plug when she filed suit, so the wagons were circled and evidence was hurriedly collected; and then a settlement. Here's a good source with another illustration of how they actually operate that Big Blue Sweeper. Under the “Back Issues” link of Courthouse News Service-- "New Twist to Banker's LAPD Beating Story" By Matt Reynolds Nov. 13, 2011. This case speaks to MO quite clearly. The use of a 1st Amendment argument by the defendants in this case as a motion for dismissal is humorously ironic, but apparently it was effective. Be interesting if that surreptitious Glendale PD Tape recording (cleverly obtained by LAPPL and published), or the trail testimony and any of that particular evidence, or the settlement particulars of the settled “Informant Lawsuit” will be allowed into this courtroom with respect to speaking to character, conduct and motive of ALL parties concerned? Should be a legal humdinger!
kj January 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM
typical dope head blame someone else.

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