Bath salts made bank exec delusional about LAPD abuse, union says
A Los Angeles police officers' union says a recording of a Deutsche Bank executive telling Glendale police about his abuse of bath salts undercuts a $50-million brutality claim against two Los Angeles Police Department officers.
Deutsche Bank executive Brian C. Mulligan alleged that after he was injured in May by two LAPD officers, the Los Angeles police manufactured a report that painted him as a snarling, thrashing man who told the officers he'd recently ingested drugs known as "bath salts."
But days before the May confrontation, Mulligan apparently told a Glendale police officer a similar account to what appears in the LAPD report. He said he'd previously snorted "white lightning," a type of bath salts, a synthetic drug, and believed that a helicopter had been trailing him, according to a Glendale police recording of the conversation.
"Bath salts lead to delusion, and, as in this case, bizarre [litigation]," said Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. "Hopefully, now that the truth is coming out, instead of continuing to spend his money on lawyers and trying to weave a fictitious tale of abuse at the hands of the LAPD, Mulligan will seek the substance abuse treatment he so clearly needs."
Mulligan alleged that the LAPD officers dragged him to a motel, threatened to kill him if he left and then, when they discovered he'd escaped, beat him so badly that he suffered 15 fractures to his nose and needed dozens of stitches.
But Mulligan spoke to the Glendale officer in early May. "I know this is going to sound crazy, but I feel like there are people following me. I feel like there was a chopper. Do you hear a chopper?" Mulligan said on the recording, which was obtained by The Times.
"We don't have a helicopter up in Glendale," the officer replied.
In the days before the LAPD incident, Mulligan came into Glendale police headquarters and "asked for help with his bad experience with the use of bath salts," said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. The recording was turned over to the LAPD, he said.
Mulligan's attorneys did not return calls and emails seeking comment about the encounter with Glendale police.On the recording, Mulligan acknowledged snorting the bath salts as many as 20 times. He said he had been trying to find something to help him sleep because he has a "stressful job" and travels extensively. He said he tried to throw the bath salts away and promised the officer to never buy more.
The officer issued him a stern warning: "I guarantee you that if you continue using that stuff, it will change who you are and it will destroy your family. I absolutely gaurantee, 'cause you will stop being who you are and you will become something totally different."
"I've already felt that," Mulligan replied.
A day or so later, Mulligan ended up near Highland Park. His former attorney told The Times in August that Mulligan believed he was fleeing unspecified police officers who tried to get him to go into an apartment building.
Mulligan ran into LAPD officers James Nichols and John Miller, who'd received two reports that night of a white male trying to break into cars near Occidental College, according to a police report. He told police that he'd ingested marijuana and, in recent days, "white lightning," according to the report. He thought he was being chased.
Police took him to a nearby motel after Mulligan, complaining of exhaustion, had asked to be dropped off there. Mulligan, according to his claim, said he was taken there against his will and told "he could not leave, under threat of death." Later, the officers and Mulligan met again on a residential street. Mulligan alleged that he feared they were not truly LAPD officers and was attacked.
According to the report, police said that Mulligan waved his arms, stiffened his fingers like claws and charged them.
— Richard Winton and Ashley Powers
Photo: Brian Mulligan on Feb. 24. Credit: Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images.