Nashville woman asks for investigation into MNPD's handling of home invasion

Posted at 4:43 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 17:43:22-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Nashville woman wants the Community Oversight Board to investigate whether Metro police declined to arrest a former New York City police officer because he identified himself as a police officer.

In July 2018, Michael Reynolds broke into Conese Halliburton’s home during a drunken bachelor party. He admitted to using a racist slur during the incident.

Halliburton’s lawyer, Daniel Horwitz, requested the COB to investigate, saying a Metro Nashville police officer knew he broke into the family’s home but let him go because of “an unwritten rule of professional courtesy that police officers tend to try and help out other police officers.”

In a complaint sent to the COB and the Davidson County District Attorney's Office, Metro police officer Christian Martin is accused of attempting to cover up the break-in after Reynolds identified himself as a police officer.

Martin is accused of providing a false description of Reynolds and reporting no damage to Halliburton's door in the incident report. The complaint also says MNPD officers have repeatedly parked and lingered outside of Halliburton's home since the incident occurred.

Halliburton is asking the COB, Metro Nashville Police Department and the Davidson County District Attorney's Office to investigate.

Since the break-in, Reynolds pleaded no contest to aggravated criminal trespass and three counts of assault. He has also been decommissioned from the NYPD and ordered to pay Halliburton $1 million.