According to two people familiar with the matter, federal investigators raided the Manhattan office of one of the main police unions in New York City on Tuesday morning.
The union, Sergeants Benevolent Association, represents about 13,000 active and retired police sergeants in New York. Its headquarters were discovered as part of an investigation by the FBI and a public corruption unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, people said.
An investigation warrant was also issued at the Long Island home of union president Edward D. Mullins, a source familiar with the operation said.
While the exact focus and scope of the investigation could not be immediately determined, the search of Mr. Mullins’ home suggests that the investigation is at least focused on him.
An FBI spokesman said the agents were conducting “law enforcement operations” at the union’s offices in Lower Manhattan.
At least four federal agents were at the union’s headquarters around noon Tuesday. Investigators pulled down dark wooden planks and placed pieces of cardboard inside four windows to prevent people from peeking inside.
Mr Mullins, who has run the union since 2002, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Sergeant Union, which claims to be the fifth largest police union in the country, did not immediately respond to questions about the raid, which was reported earlier. New York Daily News.
Mr. Mullins, a long-spoken personality, has been known in recent years to make harsh and offensive remarks on social media, particularly against Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mr. Mullins Recently had to face internal disciplinary charges About his behavior on Twitter, including sharing a police report documenting Chiara’s arrest, the daughter of Mr de Blasio during a demonstration in New York.
The police department does not normally publish internal reports, and one shared by Mr. Mullins contained personal information about Ms. de Blasio.
Mr de Blasio declined to comment on the raid at a news conference on Tuesday, saying he did not know the details, but said Mr Mullins had long been a “divisive voice” whose behavior was “destructive”.
Mr. Mullins faces internal discipline over tweets in which he used profane language Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Former city health commissioner, and Representative Richie Torres, The Democratic congressman representing the Bronx.
Mr. Torres, who has called for the resignation of those who have described Mr. Mullins as racist, misleading and homosexual, tweeted on Tuesday that Mr. Mullins had received a “first-class raid” from the FBI.
Mr Mullins has also scrutinized his outspoken right-wing politics where Democrats outnumber Republicans. Both the Sergeants Union and its older sister union, the Police Benevolent Association, are run primarily by conservatives who believe they are not representatives of the police metropolis.
Mr. Mullins has Former President Donald J. Trump praised, A Republican who was extremely unpopular with the townspeople. After being interviewed by Fox News, he also came under discussion from members of the Liberal Law Surrounded by material linked to QAnon, A fringe conspiracy theory widely supported by Trump supporters.
Chelsea Rose Marquez contributed to the report.