Self-Admitted Bath Salts User Attempts To Shake Down The LAPD

Self-Admitted Bath Salts User Attempts To Shake Down The LAPD

Los Angeles, October 15, 2012– The truthfulness of many bankers was questioned following the 2008 financial collapse. The tales some of them wove unraveled as they drove the collapse of the financial system. So, what do you get when you cross a user of bath salts with a banker who seeks a payday from the City of Los Angeles? Meet Brian Mulligan – the man best known for his day job as a high-powered banker with Deutsche Bank. Less known about Mulligan is that he, by his own admission, was a frequent user of "bath salts," a substance that causes euphoric sensations and violent delusions.

Mulligan brought himself to the public eye recently with a wild, lurid lawsuit against the LAPD. As recounted in John Millers report on the CBS evening news, Mulligan’s story reads like a bad screenplay rejected by Fox TV or Universal Pictures, where he had previously been an executive. As detailed by Richard Winton Los Angeles Times, Mulligan accused LAPD officers of detaining him on May 15, 2012, forcing him into a low rent motel, threatening him with death if he left, and then beating him severely when he fled.

"Bath salts lead to delusion, and as in this case, bizarre lawsuits," said Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. "Hopefully, now that the truth is coming out, instead of continuing to spend his money on lawyers and trying to weave a fictitious tale of abuse at the hands of the LAPD, Mulligan will seek the substance abuse treatment he so clearly needs."

The LAPD acknowledged that they had encountered Mulligan after receiving calls he had been trying to enter into vehicles in a Highland Park neighborhood. According to news reports regarding the arrest report, Mulligan admitted to LAPD officers he had recently ingested bath salts, not slept for days, and felt depressed. According to news reports, at his request Mulligan was dropped at the low rent motel building. Sometime later, officers again spotted him trying to break into cars. After a short foot chase, officers caught up with him, Mulligan took a fighting stance and reasonable force was used to arrest him. Through his attorney at the time, J. Michael Flanagan, Mulligan adamantly denied ever admitting to LAPD officers that he used "white lightning," a commercial name for bath salts.

But, unfortunately for Mr. Mulligan and fortunately for the truth, his own voice caught on audiotape proves he was a regular user of bath salts. After seeing a story about Mr. Mulligan in the daily NewsWatch, distributed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, officers from the Glendale Police Department recognized Mr. Mulligan from their own encounter with Mulligan two days before the initial LAPD contact on May 13, 2012.

In that situation, Mulligan contacted the Glendale Police Department dispatch and flagged down a Glendale police officer in front of the Glendale Police Department, claiming that helicopters were following him. That Glendale police officer spoke to Mulligan for approximately11 minutes.

After the officer assured Mulligan there were no helicopters following him, Mulligan stated to the officer, "I could be nuts… I am a little paranoid." During the subsequent conversation, Mulligan admitted using bath salts approximately 20 times, with his last use just "two weeks ago," and that his family was aware of his use of the drug.

The unedited version of Mulligan’s tape-recorded conversation can be heard here.

"Years ago, former Secretary of Labor Ray Donovan was acquitted of criminal fraud charges," Izen recalled. "On the courthouse steps, following acquittal, the only thing he asked was, ‘Where do I go to get my reputation back?’ Well, like Secretary Donovan, two LAPD officers’ reputations are permanently blemished. When the internal LAPD process is completed and the officers are cleared of all wrongdoing, it is unlikely that Mr. Mulligan will apologize or be held accountable for his slanderous allegations – and that is wrong," concluded Izen.

Background on Bath Salts
Bath salts possess intoxicating effects similar to methamphetamine and cocaine. In 2011, Governor Brown signed legislation signed legislation (AB 486) that made it a misdemeanor to sell or distribute synthetic stimulants that are marketed and packaged as incense and bath salts. People who smoke, snort or inject the synthetic white-powder drug, often suffer from hallucinations, psychosis, paranoia, agitation, combativeness or violent behavior.

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