Federal agents on Tuesday raided the offices of a New York City police union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, and the Long Island home of its bombastic leader, who has clashed repeatedly with city officials over his incendiary tweets and hard-line tactics.
An FBI spokesperson said
agents were “carrying out a law enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation.” The spokesperson said he could not give details of the investigation.
Along with the union’s
Ed Mullins is in disciplinary proceedings for tweeting NYPD paperwork pertaining to the arrest last year of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, during protests over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.
Asked about the raid on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio said he didn’t have enough information to comment.
Mullins also came under fire last year for tweets in which he called a former health commissioner, Dr Oxiris Barbot, a “bitch” and a US congressman, Ritchie Torres, a “first-class whore”.
headquarters, agents also searched union president Ed Mullins’ home in Port Washington, Long Island.
Messages seeking comment were left with Mullins and the union.
Mullins, who is also a police sergeant, is in the middle of department disciplinary proceedings for tweeting NYPD paperwork last year pertaining to the arrest of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter during protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
An FBI spokesperson said agents were
The Sergeants Benevolent Association represents about 13,000 active and retired New York sergeants. Under Mullins’ leadership, over nearly 20 years, the union has fought for better pay and staked a prominent position in the anti-reform movement.
Along with Mullins’ appearances on networks like Fox News and Newsmax – including one in which he was pictured in front of a QAnon mug – perhaps the union’s most powerful megaphone is its Twitter account, which Mullins runs.
In 2018, amid a rash of incidents in which officers were doused with water, Mullins suggested it was time for then-commissioner James O’Neill and chief Terence Monahan to “consider another profession” and tweeted: “O’KNEEL must go!”
O’Neill retorted that Mullins was “a bit of a keyboard gangster”.
In 2018, amid a rash of incidents in which police officers were doused with water, Mullins suggested it was time for then-Commissioner James O’Neill and Chief of Department Terence Monahan to “consider another profession” and tweeted that “O’KNEEL must go!”
O’Neill retorted that Mullins was “a bit of a keyboard gangster” who seldom showed up to department functions.
Last year, Mullins came under fire for tweets calling the city’s former Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, a “bitch” and U.S. Rep. Ritchie Torres a “first-class whore.”
Mullins was upset over reports Barbot refused to give face masks to police in the early days of the pandemic and angry with Torres’ calls for an investigation into a potential police work slowdown in September 2020.
Torres, who is gay, denounced Mullins’ tweet as homophobic.
FBI raids NYC police sergeants’ union headquarters
Mullins also made national headlines in July 2020 when he appeared on Fox News with a QAnon mug behind him. QAnon is a far-right leaning conspiracy theory that supports the bogus claim that the 2020 election was rigged against former president Donald Trump.