BRONX, New York (WABC) --Norman Seabrook, the former president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association now facing federal corruption charges, spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News Thursday outside his home.
The longtime head of New York City's jail guard union was removed from his post following his arrest, with union officials saying their bylaws dictate that only active correction officers can serve.
Seabrook was suspended by the city Department of Correction and stripped of his badge and gun, accused of taking $60,000 in kickbacks for funneling union pension money into a hedge fund.
"I understand this is politics," he said. "I understand it. And, you know, it's my turn in the battle. But at the end of the day, we will be victorious."
Seabrook's former second-in-command, Elias Husamudeen, is now the union's first new president in 21 years. He said he's concerned and saddened, but stressed that Seabrook is innocent until proven guilty.
Seabrook was the only candidate running in an upcoming union election. Officials didn't say how his ouster will affect that race.