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Police Union Enraged By Tweet Reminding NYers Of Their Constitutional Rights

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May 4th is known to many as Star Wars Day, a time for fans of the franchise (and Star Wars talent) to share amusing Tweets. The NYC Civilian Complain Review Board, the independent agency that investigates allegations of NYPD misconduct, got into the act by reminding the public about the Fourth Amendment with a late Friday afternoon tweet.

This was simply too much for the Sergeants Benevolent Association. At around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the union fired back with a provocative retort, accusing the CCRB of "sit[tting] on your ass... while growing up on the nipple of what's easy" while the police protects them:

Ed Mullins, president of the SBA, expanded on the tweet in this statement:

The tweet does not attack the 4th amendment as many of the spinmeisters would like to claim but rather attacks the members of CCRB who imply that NYPD members are overtly violating the 4th amendment rights of citizens. The truth is CCRB is a dysfunctional body, not to [sic] long ago Chairman Richard Emery was conflicted in his position as a result of obtaining civil suits from complainants. Shortly thereafter his second in command Mina Malik and then Maya Wiley was forced to resign. CCRB often finds little to no violations of misconduct on members of the NYPD and to cast aspersions upon the men and women of the NYPD without merit is simply wrong. Perhaps it’s time CCRB clean it’s [sic] own garbage from within and provide the people of NYC with a competent and ethical Board.

Andrew Case, a former CCRB spokesperson, responded with a series of critical tweets about the SBA:

Gothamist also contacted the CCRB for comment on the SBA's reaction and will update if we hear back. The agency will have a public board meeting Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn College Student Center (Gold Room, 6th Floor) at 2705 Campus Road. The CCRB says this is its first board "meeting since Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Rev. Fred Davie" as its chair.

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