Public Advocate's Statement On The Resignation Of Former Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins

October 6th, 2021

Press Release

"Ed Mullins’ position in law enforcement leadership was harmful long before yesterday, and we now have an opportunity for improved leadership tomorrow. While much remains unknown about the circumstance of Mullins’ resignation and the FBI raid that prompted it, it seemed clear for many years that under his leadership the SBA was more interested in the preservation of power than the well-being of its law enforcement membership, or of the people of New York they are charged to serve. His tenure was unnecessarily hostile, often exemplified by more hateful fearmongering than engagement in the work of co-producing public safety in a just, equitable, and effective way. It was harmful to the union’s membership and to all New Yorkers.

"It is my hope that with new leadership comes a new direction for the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a willingness to collaborate with communities and an openness to the changes that we know can benefit everyone who is truly interested in keeping communities safe. While it is unlikely that we will all agree on every issue or strategy, it is imperative that we approach this dialogue and this work honestly and in good faith, and I invite the new leadership of the SBA to join that conversation."

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