The New York Daily News reports:
The controversial president of the union representing NYPD sergeants resigned Tuesday after federal investigators searched the union’s headquarters and his home. Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins resigned at the request of the union’s board, the board said in a letter to its membership late Tuesday.
Mullins was a brash leader known for his over-the-top social media attacks on NYPD leadership and Mayor de Blasio. A member of the NYPD since January 1982, Mullins took over as head of the SBA on July 1, 2002. Mullins was already facing an internal NYPD probe over his bigoted and profane statements on Twitter.
He is an outspoken backer of President Donald Trump and visited Trump at the White House in February 2020. He grabbed headlines in July 2020 for giving an interview on Fox News with a QAnon coffee mug in the background.
The New York Post reports:
Agents seized computer gear from Mullins’ home, and other potential evidence, including boxes of documents, were carried out of the police union’s Tribeca headquarters. FBI spokesperson Martin Feely confirmed the raids but wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the probe at the time.
High-ranking law enforcement official said the investigation involved suspicions of mail and wire fraud, or misappropriations of SBA funds. Mullins landed in hot water last year for tweeting the unredacted arrest report of the mayor’s daughter, Chiara de Blasio after she was busted during George Floyd protests in Manhattan.
Mullins also 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.”
Ed Mullins dishonored his uniform, his city and his union more times than I can count. It was just a matter of time before his endless hatred would catch up with him. That day has come. https://t.co/J03dKk0a1g
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 6, 2021
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) October 5, 2021
A first-class raid followed by a first-class resignation. Former Sergeant Ed Mullins: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. https://t.co/HLRUHgfsjQ
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) October 6, 2021
piece abt Mullins resignation might be called a sow the wind special. All comments from pols he’s viciously attacked over years. Basically anyone able to get elected to anything in NYC is saying: don’t know what he did but hope he suffers terribly for it. https://t.co/CdCoGj23vV
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 6, 2021
Looks to me like POLITICAL PERSECUTION waged by the brand new (and ULTRA WOKE) US Attorney for the Southern District. Ed Mullins does a great job for Cops, and routinely “sticks it” to De Blasio. Political payback ? Vendetta ? What has happened to AMERICA ?!?! FREEDOM!! pic.twitter.com/Hn03C9BsU7
— Greg Kelly—my VACCINE status is MY BUSINESS. (@gregkellyusa) October 5, 2021
This is written by Ed Mullins, the head of the NYPD Sergeant’s Union. A hate-filled, violent racist. Calling a New Yorker an “asshole.” And who De Blasio and NY Democrats caved to in repealing a new bail reform *during a pandemic* to jail more Black people. pic.twitter.com/dB58BVJajH
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) October 5, 2021