Ed Mullins, the controversial head of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, stepped down on Tuesday evening amid a federal probe into the alleged misappropriation of union funds.
His resignation, introduced in a union e-mail to members, comes after FBI brokers raided SBA places of work in Manhattan and Mullins’ dwelling in Port Washington, Long Island, Tuesday morning.
“Given the severity of this matter and the uncertainty of its outcome, the SBA Executive Board has requested that President Mullins resign from his position as SBA President,” the e-mail stated.
“This evening, President Mullins has agreed to tender his resignation as President of the SBA,” the message continued.
Agents seized laptop gear from Mullins’ dwelling, and different potential proof, together with bins of paperwork, had been carried out of the police union’s Tribeca headquarters.
FBI spokesperson Martin Feely confirmed the raids however wouldn’t elaborate on the character of the probe on the time.
High-ranking regulation enforcement official stated the investigation concerned suspicions of mail and wire fraud, or misappropriations of SBA funds.
“The nature and scope of this criminal investigation has yet to be determined,” the union stated in Tuesday evening’s e-mail. “We have no reason to believe that any other member of the SBA is involved or targeted in this matter.”
A police officer since 1982, Mullins rose to sergeant in 1993 and was elected president of the sergeants union in 2002. The SBA represents about 13,000 energetic and retired NYPD sergeants and controls a $264 million retirement fund.
Still a sergeant with the NYPD, Mullins can be despatched again to his unique command at Lower Manhattan’s 1st Precinct — until he opts to retire from the division, sources stated.
During his tenure because the SBA head, the bombastic union chief has fought for higher pay for members — whereas additionally publicly sparring with metropolis officers, together with Mayor Bill de Blasio, over police reform and different points.
He landed in sizzling water final yr for tweeting the unredacted arrest report of the mayor’s daughter, Chiara de Blasio after she was busted throughout George Floyd protests in Manhattan.
Mullins was slapped with NYPD disciplinary expenses for releasing the paperwork and for different tweets during which he known as a metropolis official and a metropolis council member a “bitch” and a “first class whore,” respectively.
The case went to trial in September however was placed on maintain when considered one of Mullins’ legal professionals skilled an unspecified medical emergency. It’s set to renew on Oct. 27.
Mullins additionally sparked outrage in 2019 when he circulated a racist video to members of the SBA and urged them to “pay close attention to every word.”
He made greater than $220,000 final yr — $88,757 from the union and $133,195 from the NYPD, the place he retains his sergeant’s place, in keeping with public information.
Neither he nor his lawyer have commented on the federal probe.