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Former bank executive sues LAPD over alleged beating

February 6, 2013 |  8:08 pm

Brian MulliganA former executive at Deutsche Bank filed suit Wednesday against the Los Angeles Police Department,  alleging that he was severely beaten last year by two officers, including one with a history of "threats, abductions and assaults."

Brian C. Mulligan, who until recently was a managing director and vice chairman at Deutsche Bank, filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in connection with an altercation that occurred May 15 in Highland Park in which he suffered multiple fractures to his nose and a broken shoulder blade.

In the aftermath, Mulligan alleges, the department and its police union, which is also named in the lawsuit, smeared his reputation. The suit, which also names Officers James Nichols and John Miller, is seeking $20 million in damages.

Mulligan first made the allegations last year when he a filed claim against the LAPD detailing his injuries. He alleged that he was forced to go to a Highland Park motel and was attacked and beaten by the officers when he left.

Nichols and Miller claimed they used forced to subdue a snarling, thrashing man who arched his back, waved his arms, stiffened his fingers like claws and charged them, and who had told them he had used the drugs known bath salts, according to a police report viewed by The Times.

The department declined to comment on the suit.

The suit alleges that Nichols was a “serial predator” harbored by the LAPD and has “a history of using threats, fear and his badge to abduct and assault people.”

Union officials said Wednesday that Mulligan “thrust himself into the public eye by holding a press conference to discuss his wild and lurid allegations against LAPD officers.”

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Photo: Brian C. Mulligan  Credit: Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images

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