A claim by President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) Edward Mullins that Brooklyn may be ‘too dangerous’ to host the Democratic Convention has prompted a wave of criticism.
“SBA President Edward Mullins’ open letter to the DNC, published in today’s New York Times, is an inaccurate and frankly inane spewing of political vitriol, all at the expense of everyday New Yorkers, including the men and women of the NYPD whom he represents,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “He makes unfair accusations against Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Bratton and the broad-based coalition of thousands who are all working together to strengthen police-community relations.”
Mullins had written that the Big Apple is “lurching backwards to the bad old days of high crime” and that “families that walk our streets are worried for their safety.”
The Mayor accused Mullins of “fear-mongering” in order to build attention to the SBA’s labor contract negotiations (the union has worked under an expired contract for over three years).
In a statement, The Borough President stressed the “major economic impact” a convention would have for the borough.
“Every New Yorker should be on board with this goal, including our police unions; after all, tourism helps to pay the salaries of our officers,” Adams added.
Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn) agreed.
“I continue to be supportive of Brooklyn’s bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention,” Lentol said. “Not only has Brooklyn long been a leader in Democratic Party politics, its diversity is representative of our country and will only further promote Brooklyn as the perfect venue for this convention, or any convention.”
Reactions from residents were pessimistic and dismissive of the SBA’s claims.
— Jason (@LLroomtempJ) August 27, 2014
— Lord Black (@triniexpert) August 27, 2014
— Joanna Preston (@JoPrestonFNC) August 27, 2014
Unbelievable, you would think Barclays Arena was the Honduras with wild kidnappings & child murders. http://t.co/tTjbbLkjvn
— Shugah (@Shugah) August 27, 2014
Edward D. Mullins has been a member of the New York City Police Department since January 1982. He was promoted to Detective after ten years on the force, and later earned the rank of Sergeant, and has also worked in the Special Victims Squad. He was elected President of the SBA in 2002.
What is your reaction to SBA Mullins’s claim? Is the city ‘too dangerous’ to host a political convention?