The head of New York City’s main police union resigned Tuesday night, hours after the FBI raided his office and home as part of an investigation potentially linked to mismanagement of funds.
The union is led by the controversial Sgt. Ed Mullins, who is facing two departmental discipline trials. His Long Island home was also searched later on Tuesday
Ed Mullins has led the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association since 2002 and was a prominent, controversial figure.
The SBA Executive Board said in a statement: “Given the seriousness 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 important business of the SBA cannot be inferred by the existence of this investigation.”
Nearly a dozen federal agents carried boxes of paperwork from SBA headquarters in downtown Manhattan Tuesday morning, according to a video of the scene.
They descended on Mullins’ Long Island home later in the day, according to the New York Daily News.
On images obtained by ABC News, Mullins was seen at his home on Tuesday.
The FBI said they were conducting “a law enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation” and did not provide further details about the sweeps.
Two sources told the New York Times that the union is under investigation by the FBI and the public corruption unit of the US law firm in Manhattan.
A source told NY1 the raids are linked to mismanagement of funds.
Mullins is seen Tuesday afternoon after his Port Washington home was raided by the FBI
FBI Agents Run Boxes from the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association on Tuesday
Mayor Bill de Blasio, often criticized by union leader Ed Mullins, declined to comment on the raid but accused Mullins Tuesday of “divisiveness” and “destructive” language
The FBI has only said 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
A source told NY1 the search is linked to mismanagement of funds. Above, the SBA’s union office at 35 Worth Street in Manhattan
The SBA union is led by NYPD Sgt. Edward Mullins since July 2002. It represents approximately 13,000 current and former New York Police Department sergeants.
Supervisors are represented by the larger Police Benevolent Association.
The controversial officer is a well-known critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom 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’s done is really, really destructive,” de Blasio said.
“Especially in the midst of a crisis where we’re trying to unite, we’re trying to get people through it together, he’s a divisive voice.”
Mullins is accused of offensive language and abuse of authority by the Civilian Complaint Review Board for defaming then health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot a “b****” and former city councilor 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 Terence Monahan, division chief of the NYPD, ‘I’m not giving two rats ‘asses over your police’ after asking for more masks as the city experienced the 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 last year for blocking traffic during George Floyd protests.
His next hearing is on October 27.
Mullins faces departmental charges of offensive language and abuse of authority for calling a former health commissioner a ‘b****’ and a city councilor a ‘first class w****’
Congresswoman Ritchie Torres, who is gay, was called a ‘first class w****’ by Mullins last year
The report contained personal information such as her date of birth and driver’s license number.
Mullins’ attorney argued that the case was an “attempt to cool Ed Mullins’ First Amendment rights” and that the report had already been tweeted by a DailyMail.com reporter, according to the New York Daily News.
On Friday, the Justice Department 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 taking cars involved in accidents to his company. .
On Friday, the DOJ announced charges against Giancarlo Osma, left, for referring cars involved in accidents to a company owned by former NYPD officer Michael Perri, right. A third officer, James Davneiro, was also charged
The licensed towing and repair company is owned by Michael Perri, who retired from the NYPD in June 2020 and was also charged in the case.
Perri and two other officers, James Davneiro and Giancarlo Osma, were each beaten on one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy to violate the Travel Act.
All three were working in the 107th district, which serves the Queens neighborhoods of Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights and Hilltop Village, at the time of the bribe.
It seems unlikely that Tuesday’s raid was related to Friday’s charges.