Ex-NYPD Sergeant Benevolent Association President and Port Washington resident Edward Mullins submitted retirement papers on Wednesday, following FBI raids at his home and the union’s Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday.
A representative from the police department’s public information office confirmed that Mullins, 59, filed for retirement late Wednesday evening after resigning from his post as the president of the association. Officials said the nature and scope of the criminal investigation have yet to be determined.
“The day to day functioning and the important business of the SBA cannot be distracted by the existence of this investigation,” a statement from the union’s executive board said in a statement to its membership.
Mullins, who has been a member of the NYPD since 1982, assumed his role as president on July 1, 2002.
Multiple reports said FBI agents left the lower Manhattan headquarters with cardboard boxes before loading them into a van and driving off. According to officials, some of the boxes appeared to hold a hard drive and electronic equipment.
Mullins has drawn attention for multiple attacks on NYPD leadership and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Last year, Mullins posted from the SBA’s Twitter account an unredacted arrest report about De Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, after she was arrested at a protest against the death of George Floyd. He was given a disciplinary charge for the tweet and a trial is scheduled for Oct. 27.
In a tweet Tuesday night, De Blasio said, “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.”
Also commenting on the federal probe was another official Mullins did not get along with.
“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,” U.S. Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) tweeted Tuesday morning.
The SBA manages a $264 million retirement fund and its 13,000 members make it the fifth-largest police union in the nation, according to the group’s website.
The union’s statement said, “Like all of us, Ed Mullins is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and we ask you to withhold judgment until all the facts have been established.”