The outspoken head of the NYPD’s sergeants union stood trial Wednesday for sharing the confidential arrest report of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter last year — but the proceeding was cut short after one of his attorneys suffered a medical emergency.
Sgt. Edward Mullins is facing a trio of internal charges over alleged patrol guide violations after he tweeted out an unredacted file from the arrest of Chiara de Blasio during the George Floyd protests, which contained her personal information, such as her date of birth, address and driver’s license number.
The NYPD prosecutor, Sam Yee, told the administrative judge in his brief opening statements Wednesday that Mullins “should not have exposed” that information and failed to notify Internal Affairs of violation.
“Chiara de Blasio’s personal information is not a matter of public concern,” Yee said.
Mullins’ attorney, Andrew Quinn, shot back, saying a photo of the arrest report was already out on social media and the sergeant was simply sharing it himself.
“It wasn’t confidential because it was already on the internet,” he said.
An unredacted version of the report was first tweeted by a Daily Mail reporter.
Mullins then copied the photo and tweeted it out. As a result, his Twitter account was temporarily suspended for sharing personal information online.
Quinn said Mullins was acting in his capacity as a union head, lobbying for a stronger police response to the protests, and that his tweet was covered by the First Amendment.
“Ed Mullins is being scapegoated and targeted for being an outspoken critic of the department and of the mayor,” Quinn said.
Yee called his first witness, Internal Affairs Lt. Timothy Magliente — but the trial was cut short after Mullins’ other attorney, Tony Coles, suffered a medical emergency during a brief break.
“He was brought to the hospital from One Police Plaza, accompanied by SBA members,” said a union spokesman. Coles’ current condition was not immediately known.
In a statement, Mullins said his trial was just the latest example of how de Blasio treats cops.
“De Blasio’s City Hall has been at war with cops since his first days in office,” Mullins said.
It was unclear when the trial would resume.
Mullins also faces two other internal charges over his vulgar social media.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board recommended that he be disciplined after calling New York City’s then-health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot a “bitch” and then-congressional candidate and City Councilman Ritchie Torres a “first-class whore.”