The firebrand head of New York City‘s main police union resigned on Tuesday evening, hours after the FBI raided his office and home as part of an investigation that may be tied to mismanagement of funds.
The union is headed by controversial Sgt. Ed Mullins, who is facing two departmental discipline trials. His home in Long Island was also searched later on Tuesday
Ed Mullins had led the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association since 2002 and was a high profile, controversial figure.
The SBA Executive Board said in a statement: ‘Given the severity of this matter and the uncertainty of its outcome, the SBA Executive board has requested that President Mullins resign…
‘The day to day functioning and the important business of the SBA cannot be distracted by the existence of this investigation.’
Close to a dozen federal agents carried boxes of paperwork out of the SBA headquarters in downtown Manhattan Tuesday morning, according to video from the scene.
They descended on Mullins’s Long Island home later in the day, according to the New York Daily News.
Footage obtained by ABC News showed Mullins on Tuesday at his home.
The FBI said they were ‘carrying out a law enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation’ and did not provide any further details on the sweeps.
Two sources told the New York Times that the union is being investigated by the FBI and the public corruption unit of the US attorney’s office in Manhattan.
One source told NY1 that the raids are connected to mismanagement of funds.
Mullins is seen on Tuesday afternoon after his house in Port Washington was raided by the FBI
FBI agents carry out boxes from the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association union on Tuesday
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is often criticized by union chief Ed Mullins, declined to comment on the raid but accused Mullins of ‘divisive’ and ‘destructive’ language on Tuesday
The FBI has only said that they raided the union ‘in connection with an ongoing investigation’
A source told the New York Times that the US Attorney’s public corruption unit is involved
One source told NY1 that the search is connected to mismanagement of funds. Above, the SBA union office at 35 Worth Street in Manhattan
The SBA union has been headed by NYPD Sgt. Edward Mullins since July 2002. It represents about 13,000 current and former New York Police Department sergeants.
Non-supervisory officers are represented by the larger Police Benevolent Association.
The controversial officer is a known critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who he called ‘an idiot’ in an interview with Fox News contributor Sara Carter last year after the mayor criticized a large funeral gathering in the Orthodox Jewish community.
During Tuesday’s daily COVID briefing, De Blasio told reporters he knew little about the raid, but took the opportunity to criticize Mullins for his rhetoric.
‘A lot of what he has done is really, really destructive,’ de Blasio said.
‘Especially in the middle of a crisis where we’re trying to unify, we’re trying to get people through together, he’s been a divisive voice.’
Mullins is facing charges of offensive language and abuse of authority by the Civilian Complaint Review Board for calling then-Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot a ‘b****’ and calling former city councilman Ritchie Torres, who is gay, a ‘first-class w****.’
He made the statements on Twitter in 2020.
The tweet about Dr. Barbot came after the commissioner reportedly told NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan: ‘I don’t give two rats’ asses about your cops’ after she asked for more masks as the city was experiencing its first wave of COVID-19.
Mullins is also facing a departmental trial for posting the arrest report of de Blasio’s daughter Chiara, who was arrested for blocking traffic during George Floyd protests last year.
His next administrative court hearing is on October 27.
Mullins is facing facing departmental charges of offensive language and abusive of authority for calling a former health commissioner a ‘b****’ and a city councilman a ‘first class w****’
Congressman Ritchie Torres, who is gay, was called a ‘first class w****’ by Mullins last year
The report contained personal information such as her birth date and driver’s license number.
Mullins’s attorney argued that the case was an ‘attempt to chill Ed Mullins’s First Amendment rights’ and that the report had already been tweeted out by a DailyMail.com reporter, according to the New York Daily News.
On Friday, the Department of Justice announced charges against two NYPD officers accused of taking thousands of dollars in cash bribes from a tow truck company owned by a former officer in exchange for directing cars involved in accidents to his business.
On Friday, the DOJ announced charges against Giancarlo Osma, left, for directing cars involved in accidents to a business owned by former NYPD officer Michael Perri, right. A third officer, James Davneiro, was also charged
The licensed tow and repair business is owned by Michael Perri, who retired from the NYPD in June 2020 and was also charged in the matter.
Perri and two other officers, James Davneiro and Giancarlo Osma, were each hit with one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy to violate the Travel Act.
All three worked at the 107th precinct, which serves the Queens neighborhoods of Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights and Hilltop Village, at the time of the bribes.
It appears unlikely that Tuesday’s raid was connected to Friday’s indictments.