(CNS News) -- In a statement to his fellow police sergeants, Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said he was aware of what was occurring in the city, that there is "no leadership, no direction, and no plan" because of higher-level politics that seems incapable of addressing the riots. However, Mullins encouraged his fellow officers to "stand shoulder to shoulder and DO NOT give up."
The Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) is the second largest police union in New York City.
"I am being inundated with calls, text messages and emails pleading for help," Mullins wrote in his statement. "Please know that I am reading each and every correspondence I receive. I want each of you to know that I am very much aware of everything that is occurring in our city."
"I know we are losing the city," he said. "We have no leadership, no direction, and no plan. I know you are being held back and used as pawns. I understand. I am one of you! I am doing, and I will continue to do, everything I can to protect you and the people of this city."
"So I am asking you to please stay together and stay strong," wrote Mullins. Hold the line and protect each other. Stand shoulder to shoulder and DO NOT give up. NEVER GIVE UP!"
"I hear you," he added. "I am aware and soon everyone is going to hear you. Help is coming and we will win this war on New York City. Remember, you work for a higher authority. It’s good against evil and good always wins."
Mullins then quoted from some of the messages he has received from fellow sergeants in the NYPD:
“Total nightmare last night. The executives of the NYPD are going to get a member of the service killed. They have no plan set in motion.”
“You have inspectors and Chiefs running around the city with no direction. Leave the police work to the frontline supervisors.”
“I’ve been at these riots since the beginning. I have been hit with eggs, bricks, rocks.”
“My officers are depleted, tired, beat up.”
“Our officers and supervisors are getting hurt every night DOING THEIR JOBS without ANY support from our PC & Mayor.”
”I am so angry with how this has been handled its bringing me to tears with frustration to write it…for the 1st time in my 16yr career all ranks have been abandoned by our leadership."
“We have pepperball guns, tear gas, and other anti criminal riot apparatus such as horses not being deployed!”
“We need to be able to use our tools that are available to us.”
“The leadership of the NYPD has to go.”
“Please what can be done?”
“We need help.”