Ex-banker's lawsuit against LAPD goes to trial

Vice chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities Brian Mulligan attends a dinner reception for the Chinese delegation's official U.S. visit hosted by Joan Dangerfield at her residence on February 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Vice chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities Brian Mulligan attends a dinner reception for the Chinese delegation's official U.S. visit hosted by Joan Dangerfield at her residence on February 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Joan Dangerfiel

A trial was set to open for a former Deutsche 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.

Mulligan 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.

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