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.