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Jury rules against banker in LAPD beating lawsuit

Updated Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 | 2:37 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former banker and movie executive who said police beat him with batons in a bizarre street confrontation has lost his $20 million excessive force claim against the Los Angeles Police Department.

A jury returned the verdict Friday after hearing testimony from Brian Mulligan and the two officers who said they restrained but did not beat him. Mulligan acknowledged using a drug known as bath salts in the weeks leading up to the incident.

Mulligan said that he was driven to the drug to deal with sleeping problems but denied the substance made him paranoid at the time of a confrontation with officers.

The officers painted a portrait of an uncontrollable man frothing at the mouth. They denied beating him with batons.