NYPD Police Union Leader Under Investigation For Calling Gay Councilmember A “First-Class Whore”

A gay New York City councilman and U.S. congressional candidate is calling on an NYPD union leader to step down after a tweet sent from the union’s official Twitter account called the councilman “a first class whore” last week.

The now-deleted tweet was sent by Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a union representing approximately 13,000 active and retired police sergeants, and was directed at Ritchie Torres, a Bronx Democrat running for Congress in November.

“He we go America this is what a first class whore looks like RITCHIE TORRES,” said the tweet, which was originally posted on Sept. 4. “Passes laws to defund police, supports criminals, & now because he’s running for office he blames the police to protect what he voted for. Remember Little Ritchie? Meet LYING RITCHIE.”

Torres denounced Mullins’ remarks “homophobic,” according to the New York Daily News, as did fellow New York City Councilman Mark Levine.

The deleted tweet included a video of Torres criticizing the NYPD for making fewer gun arrests and solving fewer gun-related cases as the number of summertime shootings doubled in 2020 compared to last year.

Shortly after the police union posted its now-deleted tweet, Torres responded by calling for Mullins to step down.

“Calling a black NFL player a ‘wild animal.’ Calling a Latina Health Commissioner a ‘bitch.’ Calling an openly LGBTQ Afro-Latino a first-class whore.’ There is NOTHING benevolent about the bigotry of the @SBANYPD. Ed Mullins must resign,” Torres wrote.

“Torres’ message referred to a tweet last September by the sergeants’ union calling a Black NFL player a ‘wild animal’ for allegedly punching a police officer, and a tweet from earlier this year calling a female health official a ‘bitch’ after she said she had told a police official, ‘I don’t give two rats’ asses about your cops’ in response to a request for face masks (she since apologized for the remark),” reports NBC News.

On Tuesday, Mullins issued a response to the call for him to step down, saying that he’d “never resign” and that his comments about Torres “had nothing to do with his race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”

“My comments had everything to do with his dangerous policies and worldview,” Mullins stated. “The City is burning and Councilman Torres wants to blame the police.”

Mullins concluded his letter by saying Torres is “either intellectually dishonest or hopelessly naive,” adding, “Either way, he’s the one who is responsible for the sorry state of the City and he should be the one to resign.”


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