The head of a major police union in New York City has resigned after FBI agents raided his house and union offices Tuesday morning. According to a letter sent by the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association board to union members, President Ed Mullins agreed to resign after the board asked for his resignation, CBS New York reported.
“The nature and extent of this criminal investigation has not yet been determined,” the board said in a statement Tuesday night. “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.”
Earlier Tuesday, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a search warrant at the union’s headquarters in Manhattan, according to the announcement. FBI agents were left with cardboard boxes filled with evidence, CBS New York reported. An FBI spokesman said the search was part of an ongoing investigation and had no further comment.
FBI agents also searched Mullins’ home on Long Island on Tuesday. CBS New York called a lawyer for Mullins, and has so far not received a response. No charges have been filed.
The union represents about 1,300 active and retired NYPD sergeants, according to CBS New York.
Mullins has previously been accused of violating politics when he published the police report of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter’s arrest during the George Floyd protests last year. He is currently facing a departmental investigation into the charge.
“Ed Mullins dishonored his uniform, his city and his union more times than I can count. It was only a matter of time before his endless hatred would catch up with him. That day has come,” de Blasio tweeted late Tuesday after news of Mullins’ departure.
Congressman Ritchie Torres also commented on Mullins’ resignation.
“A first-class raid followed by a first-class resignation. Former Sergeant Ed Mullins: Do not let the door hit you on the way out,” he said. tweeted.
Two years ago, Mullins was convictedthat college student Tessa Majors in New York was trying to buy marijuana when she was murdered in a park near Columbia University.
In a statement to the New York Daily News, Major’s family called his comments “deeply inappropriate as they intentionally or unintentionally blame Tess, a young woman, for her own murder.”
Authorities later ruled that the Majors were killed during a robbery and three teenagers were.