Former Deutsche Bank AG media banker Brian Mulligan’s civil rights lawsuit alleging that Los Angeles Police Department officers beat and illegally detained him should be dismissed, one of the officers said.
Police reasonably detained Mulligan when he matched a call describing attempted car and home break-ins, and after he “openly admitted that he was under the influence of drugs,” officer James Nichols, one of the defendants in the case, said in a filing yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit seeks at least $20 million in damages from the May 2012 confrontation in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood. Mulligan claimed he was falsely imprisoned in a motel and brutally beaten.
“The story is so far fetched that it boggles the mind,” lawyers for Nichols said in yesterday’s filing.
Besides Nichols, Mulligan sued a second officer, John Miller, the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
The complaint is “confusing and contradictory and it is impossible to discern what claims, if any, are being made and against which defendants those claims are being made,” lawyers for Nichols wrote.
The motion to dismiss has “no merit” and is “not well taken,” Skip Miller, a lawyer for Mulligan, said in a phone interview. “In this country, the police can’t beat up a guy and then claim they did nothing wrong,” he said.
The attempt to dismiss the case is “another ploy to get publicity,” Miller said.
Police said Mulligan, 53, was subdued after he took a fighting stance and charged officers who saw him attempting to enter moving vehicles late on May 15, 2012, or early the next day.
Local television reports at the time said Mulligan told officers he had used bath salts, which the Drug Enforcement Agency website said is the street name for synthetic, paranoia-inducing stimulants.
The case is Mulligan v. Nichols, 13-cv-00836, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).