In SummaryThe Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided the building of New York City’s sergeant police headquarters and the home of its leader.
Federal investigators raided the headquarters of one of New York City’s biggest police union and its leader Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into public corruption at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, per The New York Times.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association is the fifth-largest police union in the US, representing 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the New York City Police Department. Ed Mullins’ Long Island home was also searched.
Mullins has led the union since 2002. He’s remained a “strong supporter” of former President Donald Trump and has repeatedly found himself in hot water with NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio, especially for his tweets, per NBC News.
His less than favorable Twitter posts include calling a city councilman a “first class whore,” sharing a police report detailing the arrest of Mayor de Blasio’s daughter during last year’s rallies in New York over police brutality and racial injustice and calling Ferguson, Missouri “a lie” following the officer-involved shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent protests.
Mullins is required to continue working as an NYPD sergeant under the SBA’s bylaws, although records show he is not currently assigned to a specific station. The most recent SBA paperwork shows the union paid him $88,757 in 2019.
de Blasio said he was aware of the FBI raid, but didn’t want to speak out of turn since he didn’t have many details at the time.
“I think he’s been a divisive voice,” de Blasio said of Mullins, per The Associated Press. “But that doesn’t cause me to feel anything in this situation because I don’t know what’s happening. All I hear is an FBI raid. I don’t know the specifics, I don’t know who it’s directed at. I want to really hear the details before I comment further.”