Former Deutsche Bank executive Brian Mulligan failed to convince a jury that Los Angeles police used excessive force in 2012 when they allegedly kidnapped him, brought him to a motel and broke his nose in 15 places after beating him with a baton.
Bloomberg reports that a jury in federal court in Los Angeles rejected claims in Mulligan’s lawsuit that the officers violated his civil rights and committed assault and battery. During the three-day trial, police countered that they confronted the bank’s former vice-chairman of media and telecommunications investment banking after receiving reports of a man trying to break into parked cars.
'This is a case in which the truth prevailed', Peter Ferguson, the lawyer for officer James Nichols, said after the verdict. 'These officers absolutely didn’t do anything wrong'.
Mulligan, 54, testified at trial about the “pure fear” he experienced the night in May 2012 when he was trying to run from the two 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. He alleged that one of the officers hit him in the face with a baton, shattering his nose, and then broke his shoulder blade twice when he was seated on the ground.
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