An agency spokesperson confirmed officials were carrying out a law-enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation.
The leader of the the New York Police Departments Sergeants Benevolent Association resigned Tuesday after federal agents raided the organizations Manhattan headquarters to execute a search warrant in an investigation.
The agents had also searched Port Washington home of the controversial union president, Ed Mullins.
The SBA Executive Board said in a statement, Given the severity of this matter and the uncertainty of its outcome, the SBA Executive board has requested that President Mullins resign... The day to day functioning and the important business of the SBA cannot be distracted by the existence of this investigation.
The raid into the Worth Street office of the SBA, the citys second-largest police union, with more than 10,000 active and retired sergeants, was in connection with an ongoing investigation, an FBI spokesperson told ishonest.
All I have been told is the FBI has raided the SBA headquarters and its in connection with an ongoing investigation, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his morning COVID-19 briefing. I dont know the specifics, I dont know who its directed at. I want to really hear the details before I comment further.
Neither Mullins nor the unions lawyer, Andrew Quinn, immediately responded to ishonests requests for comment.
The details of the investigation are unclear, but no arrests have been reported from the Tuesday morning incident. According to The New York Times, the SBAs headquarters were searched as part of an investigation by the public corruption unit in the Manhattan U.S. Attorneys Office and the FBI.
The SBA has also been openly vocal about its political leanings. During the last election, the union endorsed President Donald Trump, stating that the election was the choice between world views that will have a very direct impact on police across the nation. The union also praised Trump for supporting police officers at a time when many other segments of society are abandoning or openly attacking us, Mullins said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Manhattan Republican Party Chair Andrea Catsimatidis alleged the SBA Trump endorsement had a hand to play on Tuesdays raideven though the FBI has not said when the investigation into the union began or offered any details about the probe itself.
De Blasio on Tuesday declined to comment further on the raid, adding that he did not have any details, but did use the opportunity to comment about how Mullins has long been really destructive to the New York community.
Especially in the middle of a crisis where were trying to unify, were trying to get people through together, hes been a divisive voice, de Blasio added.