Left bruised and bloodied in a hospital.
Bloomberg reports that Brian Mulligan, 54, testified about the 'pure fear' he experienced the night in May 2012 when he was trying to run from two police officers who he said took him to a motel against his will after he went to buy some cannabis gel caps at a medical marijuana dispensary in the Eagle Rock neighbourhood.
'I was hoping for something edible I would take before going on a plane so I could sleep', Mulligan, dressed in a navy pinstripe suit, yesterday told the jurors in downtown Los Angeles.
Mulligan claimed in the complaint he filed last year against the police and the city that the officers used excessive force. He alleged that one of the officers struck him in the face with a baton, shattering his nose in 15 places, and then broke his scapula twice when he was seated on the ground.
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