New York, NY – The outspoken head of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) sergeants’ union will be the first high-profile test of the police department’s new discipline matrix.
NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) on Friday morning recommended multiple administrative charges against NYPD Sergeant Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), the New York Post reported.
Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that the review board had recommended three charges against Sgt. Mullins.
Two of the charges were for offensive language that the union boss used in social media posts.
The third charge was for abuse of authority in connection with another tweet that upset city leadership, the New York Post reported.
Sources said the CCRB found that Sgt. Mullins abused his authority when he posted an arrest report about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 25-year-old daughter.
Chiara de Blasio was arrested during the George Floyd protests.
The offensive language charges were in connection with tweets Sgt. Mullins made about public officials last year, the New York Post reported.
The SBA president went after New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot on May 13, 2020 after she said she didn’t “give two rats’ -sses” [NOTE: Language censored by The Police Tribune] about NYPD officers getting masks and other personal protection equipment (PPE) during the height of the pandemic.
“Truth is this b—h has blood on her hands but why should anyone be surprised the NYPD has suffered under DeBlasio since he became Mayor,” the official SBA account tweeted.
At the time, Barbot was sitting on a stash of ventilators, masks, and other equipment that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had in storage in New Jersey, according to the New York Post.
The NYPD was ultimately able to get 250,000 masks from City Hall, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) kicked in disinfectant and Tyvek suits.
De Blasio yanked the city’s tracing and major testing program from Barbot’s office and announced that the public hospital system would oversee the project instead.
Sources said the other charge for offensive language was related to a since-deleted tweet made in September of 2020 in which Sgt. Mullins called soon-to-be-elected U.S. Representative Richie Torres a “first class whore” hours after the then-city councilman called for a probe into a possible police slowdown, according to the New York Post.
Sgt. Mullins confirmed that he was facing the charges but didn’t comment on them.
Union members were furious about the proposed discipline of their representative.
One sergeant told The Police Tribune that the charges against Sgt. Mullins were “entirely political.”
“It’s union busting,” the source said. “They’re taking the most important guy and they’re trying to play French Revolution.”
The sergeant questioned whether the NYPD had the jurisdiction to do anything about the things the union boss was charged with.
“He’s not saying those things as a police officer,” the source told The Police Tribune. “He’s saying it as a member of a labor organization. So it’s opening up a very precarious position where we have to wonder what they will try to take action for next.”
Each of the offensive language charges carries a presumptive 20-day penalty under the new NYPD discipline matrix, the New York Post reported.
According to the disciplinary matrix, the incident involving the mayor’s daughter’s arrest record on social media violated the rules of sharing police records per the patrol guide and could result in up to 20 days of docked pay for Sgt. Mullins.
The penalty days can either be docked from the sergeant’s vacation balance or he could be suspended without pay for that period of time, the New York Post reported.
Sources said none of the charges carried recommendations for the discipline.
The new NYPD disciplinary matrix went into effect a week earlier when NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea signed an agreement with CCRB Chair Fred Davie, the New York Post reported.
Commissioner Shea said the new 57-page matrix for disciplining officers would “bring greater transparency and oversight.”
The commissioner will still have the final say on discipline but if he breaks with the recommendations of the CCRB, he will have to explain himself to them under the terms of the agreement, according to the New York Post.