The report said Mulligan abruptly turned around and took a combative stance by arching his back, holding up both arms above his head and contorting his hands in a claw-like manner — all while baring his teeth and snarling.

An officer described what followed: “After evading the blows, the suspect lunged toward me with both arms outstretched and attempted to tackle me.. At this time, I sidestepped the suspect and pushed him with both hands on his back toward the ground. A use of force then occurred.”