NEW YORK - Ed Mullins, the boisterous president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, isn’t backing down to his critics.
“I know people sit back and say that crazy Irish guy," Mullins said. "That doesn’t bother me.”
Outspoken, even bombastic, Mullins has been president of the sergeants union for 18 years. He makes no apologizes for speaking his mind to support police officers, especially the 13,000 active and retired sergeants he represents.
“When you call the health commissioner a bitch, and people get all offended by it, it draws attention to the issue,“ Mullins explained.
He did just that on twitter in May after the health commissioner angrily refused to give the NYPD a half million protective masks.
Mullins can be incendiary on social media.
He was briefly banned from Twitter for posting a police report that revealed the arrest of Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter at a George Floyd protest and disclosed some of her personal information.
In February, after a man fired shouts inside a Bronx Precinct, Mullins tweeted, "Mayor de Blasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you ... Cops have been assassinated because of you."
And he was denounced as racist after comparing a professional football player arrested in Queens to a wild animal.
The police department is investigating the 38-year veteran for his inflammatory comments.
Mullins revealed he's playing to the media and press to get attention for issues important to him.
"If I don’t say those things you will have not remembered anything that I have said," Mullins said.
Mullins defended police unions saying they do a lot of good work. He admitted there is some bias within the NYPD that needs to be eliminated.
“You can’t stop every Black kid running down that street because it’s a Black kid running," Mullins said.
But, critics say it is the attitude of officers like Mullins that needs to be changed.
“It doesn’t bother me that people call me racist, it doesn’t bother me because I know who I am,” he said. “You don’t even know I’m half Hispanic."
He said his father is Irish and his mother Hispanic.
After the death of George Floyd, Mullins' tactics were no match for the groundswell of support for change. The police unions were unable to block police reforms, some of which they strongly oppose. Mullins blames some reforms on the recent spike in deadly gun violence. He argues reforms target good cops as well stopping them from doing their jobs.
"I think right now police unions are being totally disregarded," Mullins said.
He criticized elected officials for that.
Mullins is determined to work even harder to get cops side of the story out.
The sergeant’s union has built a studio inside it's Lower Manhattan headquarters. Mics, cameras and green screen backgrounds to produce videos and do podcasts.
“Take it nationwide, you know you can give law enforcement a voice,” explained Mullins.
Which means the loudest police voice in the room, is not going to go silent anytime soon.