The FBI on Tuesday attacked Manhattan offices in a New York City police union, and hours later the union’s outspoken leader resigned.
By order, agents searched the headquarters of the fifth largest police association in the country, the Sergeant Benevolent Association or SBA, which represents 13,000 active and retired police sergeants in New York City.
At the same time, FBI agents searched a home in the Long Island suburb of Port Washington, an FBI spokesman said. It belongs to Ed Mullins, who has led the union since 2002, sources say.
In a letter to SBA members obtained by NBC News, the union board said it asked Mullins to resign and that he agreed.
“The nature and extent of this criminal investigation has not yet been determined. However, it is clear that President Mullins is apparently the target of the federal investigation. We have no reason to believe that another member of the SBA is involved or targeted in this case. , “the board said in the announcement.
The union promised its full cooperation. It said Mullins has the right to presumption of innocence, but that the work of the union is too important for the investigation to be a distraction.
Neither Mullins nor the SBA’s lawyer, Andrew Quinn, could be reached for comment earlier Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear why the FBI targeted the home of the SBA and Mullins. The FBI spokesman told the New York Daily News that the agency “performed law enforcement action in the course of an ongoing investigation.”
Members of the public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York were also involved in the raid, The New York Times reported.
Around. 13 were paired with agents dragging large brown cardboard boxes seen, leaving union headquarters and going to the FBI base in lower Manhattan.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was aware of the FBI raid, but shed no light on the SBA’s surprise attack.
The son of a dock worker, Mullins, who grew up in Greenwich Village, has often clashed with police chiefs and de Blasio.
His aggravating Twitter post has included calling a city council member a “first-class whore” and calling a former health commissioner a “b —-“. In response to the officer involved in the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager, and the subsequent protests, he said: “Ferguson, Missouri was a lie and a nation of police has been under attack since.”
Mullins remains a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump.
The SBA’s statutes require Mullins to continue working as a police sergeant; records show that he has not been assigned a specific position. And while he was paid $ 133,195 by the city last year, his full-time job ran the SBA, which pays him an extra salary.
The union paid Mullins $ 88,757 in 2019, according to the SBA’s latest paperwork, which listed him as a trustee.
Phil Helsel the contribution.