On Tuesday, the FBI armed themselves with a search warrant and raided the headquarters of the fifth-largest police union located in Manhattan, New York, the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA). They also raided the Port Washington home of SBA’s President, Ed Mullins, who has been a thorn in the side of both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD leadership.
There is no specific information about why the raid was conducted, only that it was part of an ongoing case.
The Daily News said an FBI spokeswoman confirmed that they were “carrying out a law enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation.”
The SBA represents 13,000 retired and active sergeants in New York Police departments. Mullins has been a member of the NYPD since January 1982, taking over as head of the SBA on July 1, 2002.
Mullins has long used the union’s Twitter platform to deliver his very biased opinion to mixed reviews.
Truth is this bitch has blood on her hands but why should anyone be surprised the NYPD has suffered under DeBlasio since he became Mayor. https://t.co/lFGQJnBJoQ
— SBA (@SBANYPD_Archive) May 14, 2020
One notorious tweet from 2020 targeted the city’s health commissioner, “Truth is this b**** has blood on her hands, but why should anyone be surprised the NYPD has suffered under DeBlasio since he became Mayor.”
The longtime Trump supporter and suspected “Q anon” member further put himself in the line of fire last year when he revealed de Blasio’s daughter’s unredacted arrest report — the one that occurred during a George Floyd protest. So when news reached some of those who had been the target of his tweets, they didn’t hesitate to fire back.
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) October 5, 2021
Rep. Ritchie Torres tweeted, “Ed Mullins, who famously called me a ‘first-class whore’ for daring to ask questions about the SBA, just got a first-class raid from the FBI.”
Mayor de Blasio was made aware of the incident but didn’t seem to have further details to provide, saying, “All I’ve been told is the FBI has raided the SBA headquarters, and it’s in connection with an ongoing investigation, but we don’t have any further details.”
He took a moment later to provide his personal viewpoint on Mullins during a media briefing.
“I think a lot of what [Mullins] has done has been really, really destructive. I think he’s been a divisive voice, but that doesn’t cause me to feel anything in this situation because I don’t know what’s happening.”
Mullins attorney, Andrew Quinn, was quoted as only saying, “No comment for now.”
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