New York – The NYPD placed the former chief of its sergeant union on modified assignment Wednesday, taking away his gun and shield, a day after federal agents raided the union’s office and his home.
Ed Mullins resigned as president of the Sergeant Benevolent Association Tuesday night at the insistence of its executive board, hours after FBI agents were seen carrying boxes from the union’s Manhattan headquarters. Agents also searched Mullins’ home in Port Washington, Long Island.
Mullins is expected to file for retirement in the very near future to ensure that he does not lose his pension.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday that the NYPD’s Bureau of Internal Affairs, which is investigating Mullins’ fiery tweets and other activities, was working with the FBI on the investigation that led to Tuesday’s search.
“As a result of that work, you saw that some investigative powers were being exercised yesterday,” Shea said, refusing to comment further as the investigation continues.
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An FBI spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the raids were part of an active investigation, but could not provide details.
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Mullins began as an officer in 1982 and was elected president of the union in 2002. The union represents approximately 13,000 active and retired NYPD sergeants and controls a $264 million retirement fund.
As president of the SBA, he was paid by both the union and the NYPD. The department provides complete exemption to police officers from their police work to run their unions.
Now that Mullins has resigned from the union, he must return to police work as a sergeant or retire. On retirement, his entire pension will be protected.
On Wednesday the call to Mullins’ cell phone went to a full voicemail box.
Messages seeking comment were left to Vincent Vallelong, a spokesman for the Sergeant Benevolent Association and vice president of Mullins Union. Under the bylaws of the union, Valelong is Mullins’ successor as president.
The union’s board said in a note to members that the FBI investigation appeared to target Mullins and that there was no reason to believe that any other union member was involved.
Mullins is in the midst of department disciplinary proceedings for tweeting NYPD paperwork last year regarding the arrest of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter during protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
Mullins’s department’s trial began last month, but was postponed after one of his lawyers had a medical emergency. It is set to start again on October 27.
with Associated Press.