An executive of one of the largest banks in the world allegedly told the police during an incident in May that he ingested “white lightning,” which police say is a commercial name for bath salts, CBS reports.
Brian Mulligan, the 52-year-old managing director and vice chairman of media and telecommunications for Deutsche Bank, is suing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for $50 million, claiming he was held captive in a motel room by police officers who then beat him to a pulp.
The police report, obtained exclusively by CBS, states that Mulligan was sweating profusely and walking with an unsteady gait when officers responded to reports that he was trying to break into cars in a Jack-in-the-Box parking lot.
Mulligan told officers he was being chased and didn't know why. He also stated that he had ingested "white lightning" and marijuana and that he had not slept for four days.
LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph told The Huffington Post last week that when officers searched Mulligan's car, they found thousands of dollars. Because the executive told officers that he was exhausted, the officers agreed to take him to a motel. First, they counted his cash to make sure it was all still there after they transported him.
Mulligan said he was in the hotel room for several hours before deciding to leave because he thought he was being set up to be robbed or killed, the Daily Mail reported. He said that when he came out, he was beaten ruthlessly by the LAPD. However, the LAPD denied to HuffPost even being there after officers dropped Mulligan off.
A few hours later, at about 1 a.m., police received another call from the same area, this time about a man running in traffic, Officer Joseph told HuffPost. Mulligan, standing in the street, defied officers' orders to get out of traffic's way. Instead, Mulligan bared his teeth, snarled and charged at the officers.
Officers tackled Mulligan and took control of him, Joseph said. During the take-down, the executive sustained 15 fractures to the nasal area, a broken scapula and severe facial lacerations that left him at a point where he "barely looked human," TMZ reports. Police reported the incident as a categorical use of force and are conducting a standard investigation to determine if the force was necessary.
When officers first encountered Mulligan, he told them that he was going through a divorce and was feeling very depressed.
Mulligan said he would file his lawsuit against police sometime this week.