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A former Deutsche Bank AG executive can pursue his civil rights claims against Los Angeles policemen who he says savagely beat him last year while he was in a neighborhood to visit a medical marijuana dispensary. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles today denied a request by one of the officers, James Nichols, to dismiss the case. The judge said without ruling on the merits that the ex-bank executive, Brian Mulligan, adequately pleaded his allegations.
Mulligan alleged that Officer James Nichols and Officer John Miller stopped him as he was walking in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles, where he had gone to legally buy tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, for use as a sleep aid. Nichols and Miller found he wasn’t under the influence of alcohol and drugs and first took him to his car, which they searched without his consent and where they discovered $3,000 in cash, Mulligan said in his complaint. The policemen took him to a motel and told him not to leave before morning or he would be “dead,” using an expletive for emphasis, according to the complaint. Mulligan said in the complaint that he was afraid that he was being set up and fled the motel after 10 minutes. He encountered the policemen again, and Nichols hit him in the face with his baton, shattering his nose, and broke his shoulder blade twice after he had been handcuffed, according to the complaint.