6th October (WNN) — The leader of the New York City Police Department’s second largest union has resigned after federal agents raided his home and union headquarters as part of an unspecified investigation.
Ed Mullins, an outspoken critic of NYPD Sergeant New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, resigned as president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association following a raid late Tuesday.
The union’s board acknowledged that Mullins, who has also been a supporter of former President Donald Trump, appears to be part of an investigation by the US Justice Department.
Mullins led the powerful union, which since 2002 has represented 13,000 active and retired NYPD sergeants.
According to the New York Daily News, the SBA board said, “The nature and scope of this criminal investigation has yet to be determined, however, it is clear that President Mullins is clearly the target of a federal investigation.” “We have no reason to believe that any other member of the SBA is involved or targeted in this matter.”
Mullins’ long-running feud with de Blasio turned personal after he posted online reports of the arrest of the mayor’s daughter, Chiara, after she was arrested last year during anti-police brutality protests following the death of George Floyd .
Mullins was later charged with violating NYPD rules in the post and was involved in a departmental trial.
“Ed Mullins insulted his uniform, his city and his union more than I can count,” de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday. “It was only a matter of time before his endless hatred took hold of him. That day has come.”
FBI agents raided Mullins’ home on Long Island, and a bureau spokesman said the raid was part of an ongoing investigation.
Richie Torres, Congressman for New York’s 15th District and often one of Mullins’ targets, commended federal action against the former union leader.
“For the courage to ask questions about Ed Mullins, who famously called me a ‘first-class prostitute. [SBA] Right now a first class raid from the FBI,” Torres tweeted.
“First-Class Resigns After First-Class Raid. Former Sergeant Ed Mullins: Don’t Hit the Door on the Way Out.”