NYC officer gets jail time for breaking in family's home, using racial slurs

Posted at 5:27 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 12:47:37-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A New York City police officer charged with aggravated burglary and assault after breaking into a home and using racial slurs has been sentenced.

Michael Reynolds who was decommissioned amid pleading no contest to his charges in September was sentenced by Judge Mark Fishburn on Friday. Reynold must serve 15 days in jail and placed three years on probation. He is also required to return every six months to court for review.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. in July at Conese Halliburton's home in the 12 South neighborhood. Halliburton said she felt traumatized after Reynolds he kicked in the door of her house and began yelling at her and her two sons. Reynolds was under the influence of alcohol when he mistook her home as the AirBnB he was staying at with his friends one door down.

A RING surveillance video next door captured part of the exchange and a Reynolds shouting, "Try to shoot me, I'll break every bone in your f(expletive) neck. You f(expletive) n(expletive)."

Halliburton said he made it past the first bedroom and down the hall past two more bedrooms before her sons stopped him. Defense attorney Daniel Horwitz maintained his thoughts that Reynolds is a racist and criminal despite the officer's apology on the stand in court.

"We appreciate Judge Fishburn for taking this case—and the attempted cover up—so seriously. However, we remain disgusted by every additional day that goes by without the NYPD terminating Michael Reynolds as an officer. Mr. Reynolds is a criminal and a racist who has no business carrying either a badge or a gun,"

NewsChannel 5 is awaiting a response from NYPD.