A former Deutsche Bank executive can take two Los Angeles policemen to trial over claims they beat him in May 2012 while he was in a neighbourhood to visit a medical marijuana dispensary, a judge ruled.
Bloomberg reports that U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has denied a request by the police officers to throw out Brian Mulligan’s claims they used excessive force, violated his civil rights, and engaged in assault and battery.
The judge dismissed false imprisonment and police negligence claims, saying Mulligan didn’t provide sufficient evidence for those to go to trial.
Mulligan, a former vice chairman of media and telecommunications investment banking at Deutsche Bank, sued the two police officers, the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Protective League in February, seeking more than $20m in damages. The case is set for trial January 21st.
Mulligan alleged that officers James Nichols and John Miller stopped him as he was walking in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles, where he says he had gone to legally buy tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, for use as a sleep aid.
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