According to the police, they found Brian Mulligan high on bath salts after “several” calls had been placed about a man in the area “trying to break into cars” that fit Mulligan’s description. He supposedly told them he was “tired,” which they say is why they drove him to a motel to get some shuteye. When he (allegedly) emerged hours later and started running through traffic despite officers’ orders to get out of the street, later assuming a “fight stance,” they decided it was necessary to deal with him in an aggressive manner. Didn’t want to, felt they owed it to him. According to Mulligan, it was more like this:

The former banker contended in a lawsuit that contrary to reports that he tried to assault the officers, the men tried to extort about $3,000 from him on the night of May 15. They later severely beat him, leaving injuries that required extensive facial surgery, according to the complaint…In the lawsuit, he contends that he had stopped by a pharmacy to buy THC pills as sleeping aids. Officers Nichols and Miller stopped him, made him take a sobriety test and searched him. After finding $3,000 in cash — an amount Mr. Mulligan said was necessary for business travel — in the banker’s car, the officers handcuffed him and took him to a nearby motel. They warned him not to leave, lest he end up dead, according to the complaint. Mr. Mulligan said he then fled the motel, fearing for his life, but ran into the officers, who hit him in the head and broke his shoulder blade, according to the complaint. At one point, Officer Nichols told Mr. Mulligan, “You’re going to die tonight of a heroin overdose,” the complaint contends.

Former Top Media Banker Sues Los Angeles and 2 Police Officers [Dealbook]

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  1. Posted by Guest | February 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    If you were put in a motel room and told that if you left you would be killed, and if you were suitably fearful for your life, wouldn't the safest decision be to stay put?

    – Guy who has never taken THC and admittedly doesn't know how that would impact the decision-making process

  2. Posted by el invitado | February 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Credit Suisse has a branch in Florida? This sounds like a Florida story.

  3. Posted by Elliot Spitzer | February 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I also find it necessary to carry $3,000 in cash for "business" travel.

  4. Posted by Nervous Jew | February 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    German bankers ….. savage beatings….eye to eyes……increasing nervousness.

  5. Posted by Im_a_Dude | February 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I guess for LAPD it's normal procedure to take someone to a motel for some shuteye. You think for guy with 3K is in pocket, they could have taken him to say a courtyard marriott.

  6. Posted by Danker_Banker | February 7, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    "THC" might make you want to stay in the hotel room and watch Dumb & Dumber but I think we're talking about something significantly stronger here.

  7. Posted by Paul Harvey | February 7, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Strange – I believe both sides of the story.

  8. Posted by Lowly Assistant | February 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM


  9. Posted by VonSloneker | February 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Clearly you listened to me. I'm very proud of you for just saying no.

    – Nancy Reagan

  10. Posted by PermaGuestII | February 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    If he was running around in traffic, checking into a motel, etc., etc., weren't there some other witnesses to this nonsense in addition to the three people involved?

    -guy who thinks it should be perfectly legal anyway to clock smirking media I-bankers in the face with shovels

  11. Posted by Bored Guest | February 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun in college.

  12. Posted by Tabber Benedict | February 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Hey, he looks like a pretty nice guy, definitely going to invite him to my welcome home party!

  13. Posted by Becca | February 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Guess what I make a 4 figure salary. I have made about $7000 a year for the last 5 years. I'm a college grad living at home. Don't give me this #$%$ about living above my means. I'm living far below my means. Where are the jobs? Why are 60% of college grads under employed or not employed. It's only going to get worse folks.

  14. Posted by Jon Shazzy | February 7, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Hey! We make the same amount!

    Jon Shazzy aka Mr. $7K a year

  15. Posted by Guest | February 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Where the fk in the LAPD's procedure manual is the part about taking suspects to randomly selected local hotels??

    Cops are going to lose this one.

  16. Posted by Mr. Poon | February 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Yikes, Jon. You are grossly overpaid.

  17. Posted by Guest | February 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Okay… here's what I want. First… we both get naked. Except… we're both wearing sailor hats. Then we get into a jacuzzi filled with Pepto-Bismol, I clip your toenails, and you shave my buttocks.

  18. Posted by Guest | February 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Becca, I'm sorry to hear about your situation, but there are actually plenty of opportunities out there. I know a way that you, too, can become a millionaire, while working out of home, and helping your family and friends become healthier, and sticking it to obnoxious know-it-all hedge fund managers, all at the same time . . .

    – C. Icahn

  19. Posted by guest | February 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    So…you could fund Brian Mulligan's business travel exactly 2.3 times over?

  20. Posted by WordsHaveMeaning | February 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    You're living far below your means? So you're saving most of that $7k/year and not spending it?

  21. Posted by guest | February 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    This year's handbook was made possible through the generous contributions of Choice Hotels, and taxpayers like you.

    – LAPD

  22. Posted by Uncle Carl | February 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Also, if you're feeling down on yourself, maybe go visit a nearby schoolyard and physically assault some members of the tribe.

  23. Posted by DLJ Guys Are Gone | February 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    They had to rewrite the manual recently, the guy they picked to do it took the job as an exit opp from UBS LA, that office really has gone down hill.

  24. Posted by Turtle | February 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I bet a celebrity was involved but not mentioned (see comments about being the curiosity of LAPD taking him to a motel) with story of the "former top media banker" . An episode of "Entourage" could be made about that.

  25. Posted by Guest | February 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    What did you do for the last 5 years to make $7,000?

    Exactly $7,000 each year? Gross?

    Was it a single annual job?

    – guy who's trying to crack the case

  26. Posted by Guest | February 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    But…. how much would it cost?

  27. Posted by el guesto | February 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    define "under employed"

    – guy who took a shitty job straight out of college and realized he had to work hard to succeed, rather than just expect to be handed a MD position

  28. Posted by disgruntled in LA | February 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    dont get mad.. get even

    -Chris Dorner

  29. Posted by aaa | February 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I don't find either side of the story at all implausible — he probably was on drugs and the cops probably did savagely beat him and try to exort money. Happens every fucking day

  30. Posted by UBS MD | February 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Go to UBS

  31. Posted by Guest | February 7, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    We recommend the Victory Motel for this sort of thing.

    – Lt. Ed Exley & Sgt. Jack Vincennes

  32. Posted by Donny | February 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    start giving blowj's

  33. Posted by Tentatively excited | February 8, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Since when did pharmacies start carrying THC pills?

  34. Posted by Total long | February 8, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Right you are boyo

    -Captain Dudley Smith

  35. Posted by TheodoreBallgamePhd | February 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    "What is an ZJ? If you have to ask, big man, you can't afford it."

    -B. Badrinath

  36. Posted by I'll take a mulligan | February 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    All my legitimate deals close between 2 and 3 am…and must have at least $5000 cash to cover incidentals.

  37. Posted by laurenspitzberghumorousillustrationofthezeitgeist | June 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    If LAPD Detectives can terrorize Holocaust survivor,Henya Spitzberg, and get away with it… But this guy was rich. Big mistake, Had they known his wealth, they would not go near him. LAPD detectives such as John Gregozek, Jeffrey Dunn, and the rest of the LAPD's sham stalking unit only pick on those they think are too poor to put up a fight. They are kind of right. So much you can do without a lot of money when faced with such corruption.