Tuesday, January 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial is set to open for a former bank executive who sued the city of Los Angeles and two police officers, claiming they beat him during a bizarre incident two years ago.
Brian Mulligan is seeking $20 million in damages in a lawsuit filed in federal court. The trial begins Tuesday.
He says he was beaten in May 2012 by two officers who drove him to a nearby motel where he was told to stay until morning. Officers allege he admitted ingesting so-called bath salts.
Mulligan claims that when he tried to leave the room, officers found him and severely beat him.
He was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, but prosecutors declined to file charges. Prosecutors say Mulligan had been acting crazy and was injured after he lunged at officers who restrained him.