People are trying to raise awareness about an NYPD cop who broke into a black family’s home called them racial slurs and threatened to kill the entire black family. The cop is still employed after doing only 2 weeks in jail.
26-year-old Michael J. Reynolds who works patrol in Manhattan for the NYPD, was charged with assault and aggravated battery in July 2018 after breaking into a black family’s home in Nashville, Tennessee while staying at an Airbnb.
This September he pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated criminal trespassing and three counts of assault for the break-in.
After a 2-hour sentencing hearing, Reynolds ended up getting 2 weeks in jail and 3 years probation.
Conese Halliburton, the victim of the break-in was home with her 4 sons, 2 of which were 8 and 11 at the time. She recalled Reybolds kicking in the front door and charging into the home in the middle of the night. Video surveillance taken from a neighbor’s ring camera showed Burton screaming and threatening the family with racial slurs:
Halliburton says she was in bed when she heard a man outside saying “Don’t go”, that’s when Reynolds broke in.
He threatened to kill the family and can be heard calling them “f—ing nig–rs”.
Halliburton says the only reason he left about 8 minutes later is because she told him the police were ok their way. She says she heard someone outside say “did you make her strip?.”
Reynolds was staying at an Airbnb next to the family’s house that night. A neighbor of the family, Joetta Alderson gave a description of the man to the police that night and told them to speak to the men in the Airbnb next door. When police interviewed Reynolds that night they didn’t arrest him.
Alderson said she heard a man in the Airbnb group saying:
We are police from New York. You don’t need to make a big deal about it. We were just drinking.”
The man later turned out to be Reynold’s best friend Thomas Geberth. He said this the next morning after Halliburton confronted them. Halliburton said the man told her it was no big deal. She recalled:
He said he was sorry with a smile on his face
Reynolds’ lawyer, Edward M. Yarbrough, said his client should be placed on judicial diversion because he had remorse for what happened that night.
Judge Mark Fishburn said:
I’m not sure what might have happened had she (Halliburton) not been on the phone with police. The main thing is this not be swept under the rug. The kind of conduct that occurred that night just cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. If I were to grant him judicial diversion I would be granting him immunity.
The judge still ended up giving him only 15 days in jail and 3 years probation. The judge also left the future of his job to the city of NY:
“I’m going to leave the state of affairs of his job up to the city of New York,”
After the hearing Reynolds smiled and shook hands with detectives.
The NYPD still has Reynolds employed.
Daniel Horwitz, Halliburton’s attorney said:
“We appreciate Judge Fishburn taking this seriously but we’re disgusted with every additional day the NYPD keeps him employed as a police officer.”
Horwitz stated that a civil suit in the case is pending.