NYPD officer accused of breaking in Nashville family's home, using racial slur

Posted at 2:11 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 22:21:16-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A New York City police officer accused of breaking into a Nashville home and using a racial slur faced a Davidson County Criminal Court judge Thursday.

Michael Reynolds, 25, pleaded no contest to his felony aggravated burglary charge and three misdemeanor assault charges.

The break-in happened around 2:30 a.m. on July 9th, 2018 at a 12 South home in Nashville.

The homeowner, Conese Halliburton, said she felt traumatized reliving the incident in court today. Reynolds was on vacation and staying at an Airbnb with friends one door down from Halliburton's home, and police say he was under the influence of alcohol when he broke into the house.

"He knows what he did, it's on video, there's audio. There was people there so how can he not plead guilty and say this is what you did and stand up and be truthful. You're an officer," Halliburton said.

When the incident occurred, Halliburton told Metro officers Reynolds kicked in the door and started yelling at her and her two sons who had not went to bed yet. A surveillance camera captured part of the exchange and a man's voice shouting, "Try to shoot me, I'll break every bone in your f(expletive) neck. You f(expletive) n(expletive)."

"He made it past the first bedroom, down the hall to like two more bedrooms and the only thing that stopped him was my sons. So it was scary," Halliburton said.

"I think Mr. Reynolds is a criminal, I think he is a racist, and I think he is not fit to carry a badge or a gun and I think he should be fired," defense lawyer Daniel Horwitz said.

Justin Adams, who represents Reynolds, would not answer media questions on Thursday.

Criminal Court judge Mark Fishburn scheduled a sentencing hearing for November 7th. It will then be decided how long of a sentence Reynolds will have and if he will spend time in jail and/or community service.