Police Abuse

New York Cop Finally Quits—More Than a Year After He Broke Into a Woman's Home and Threatened Her

Michael Reynolds was charged with aggravated burglary and assault because of the incursion.


A year and a half after an incident that got him charged in Nashville with aggravated burglary and assault, a New York cop has quit the force. The news comes just days after the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced that it would finally question the officer about the incident.

According to court documents, NYPD officer Michael Reynolds traveled to Nashville in July 2018 for a bachelor party with six other men, two of whom were fellow NYPD officers. The men stayed at an Airbnb over the weekend, which was next to the home of Conese Halliburton.

On July 9, just before 2:30 a.m., a drunken Reynolds stood outside of Halliburton's front door and began to yell. Halliburton, who was inside the home with her four sons, called the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Reynolds kicked the door in and fought Halliburton's dogs. He began to yell that this was his home, and he kept approaching the family, which was now gathered in the hallway. Halliburton, who is black, later testified that Reynolds, who is white, threatened to shoot the family and called them the n-word before leaving the house. Video from a neighbor's surveillance camera confirmed this, showing Reynolds shouting "I'll break your fucking neck" and using racial slurs.

After several minutes of this threatening behavior, Reynolds fled. The Nashville police arrived a few minutes after the New Yorker left.

The next day, while Halliburton was asking the neighbor if he would check his surveillance footage of the night before, Reynolds and the others in his group approached them. The NYPD officers joked about having immunity. Halliburton called the Nashville police to inform them that she recognized Reynolds. The group left before the patrols arrived.

Reynolds maintained that he had no memory of the event, saying he'd had too much to drink. In December, he was sentenced to two weeks in jail and three years probation.

In the legal proceedings, Halliburton said: "My boys wouldn't have a choice to sit and break into anybody's house, and get away with it….He should be treated just like anybody else would."

Reynolds remained on the force despite his sentence. The NYPD initially justified this by stating that he was on modified duty. But it finally announced that it would question Reynolds this week—and shortly afterward, on Thursday, the department revealed that Reynolds was quitting the force. He will not be eligible to receive pension or health benefits, nor will he be allowed to carry a firearm.

"Michael Reynolds is a violent and dangerous racist who has no business carrying either a badge or a gun," says Daniel Horwitz, Halliburton's lawyer, who adds that "we are all frankly dumbfounded" that he had not already been fired. 

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  1. Video from a neighbor’s surveillance camera confirmed this…

    One wonders the outcome absent this video. It seems from initial reports that the first responding Nashville officers made no effort to investigate the home invasion.

    I also wonder that the probation would have meant for his employment. How do you report to a probation officer from another state? What is the procedure there?

    1. Come to think of it, how does the sex offender registry work across state lines?


      1. You have to get permission before crossing state lines, and then register on a your arrival. States vary a little on this, but in general you have 72 hours to register in a new location – so no week long vacations, or even extended business trips, unless you register in both places.

        Source: had a girl who worked for me that had to register. Convicted of creating child porn. Every time she moves she has to have the victim be told of her new address, so they dutifully send her a letter a few days later telling her that she herself moved and to be aware of her own new location. That’s how she first broached the topic with me when I needed her to travel – she brought me the alert letter and watched me spend 15 minutes trying to puzzle through it until she told me her “assailant” was herself – she took selfies.

  2. The union must have thrown him under the bus.

    1. Probably skipped his dues and regretting it now

  3. “”Halliburton’s lawyer, who adds that “we are all frankly dumbfounded” that he had not already been fired. “”

    I guess Halliburton’s lawyer isn’t familiar with police unions.

    1. I am from Tennessee. I find what NYPD officers get away with (and brag about) beyond rational. I don’t think it would be possible here. Dumbfounded is the reaction of any rational human being to this. Guess I don’t understand or appreciate my betters from the Empire State.

  4. The proverbial “punk mother fucker with a badge and a gun”.

  5. The fact he didn’t quit right away shows that he thought there was a possibility he would not be fired. What does it take to get a cop fired in this country?

  6. Uhhhh, anyone else dumbfounded with how hard it is to simply fire a cop in this country?

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