Black mother files $5million suit against white NY cop who broke into her home
Michael Reynolds resigned from the NYPD after he was convicted of launching into a racist tirade toward a black woman and her children. He is being sued for $5million
A black mother in Tennessee left terrified after an off-duty NYPD officer drunkenly barged into her home is suing the officer for $5million, according to a federal lawsuit.
Conese Halliburton shared in her federal suit against former New York Police Department Officer Michael Reynolds that she has suffered ‘extreme emotional injury’ ever since the incident on July 9, 2018.
‘Approximately eight minutes after invading Ms. Halliburton’s home, terrorizing Ms. Halliburton and her minor children, hurling racial slurs at them, an threatening them with deadly force, Officer Reynolds casually returned to the Airbnb where he was staying when it became clear to him that police were about to arrive,’ the suit reads. ‘Upon leaving Ms. Halliburton’s home, a companion of Officer Reynolds yelled out and asked him: “Did you make her strip?”’
According to the suit, Reynolds proceeded to identify himself as an officer in order to avoid arrest once Tennessee authorities arrived at Halliburton’s Nashville home.
The suit says: ‘Despite claiming that he did not know why he was not arrested on the spot for his outrageous criminal misconduct, Officer Reynolds acknowledged the existence of “an unwritten rule of professional courtesy that police officers tend to try and help out other police officers.”
‘By invoking his authority as a fellow police officer, Officer Reynolds sought to—and was able to—benefit from that “unwritten rule of professional courtesy”and avoid arrest.’
The officer barged into Conese Halliburton’s home – where she had lived for the past 40 years – while she was with her four sons; two of which were 8 and 11 at the time
Reynolds, of Manhattan North, was caught on surveillance footage walking down the street around 2.30am in the Nashville neighborhood
The officer barged into Conese Halliburton’s home – where she had lived for the past 40 years – while she was with her four sons; two of which were 8 and 11 at the time.
‘In order to prevent Officer Reynolds from coming down the hall toward her any further, two of Ms. Halliburton’s children got between their mother and Officer Reynolds and pushed against him while Ms. Halliburton’s youngest child clung to his mother in fear. Still, Officer Reynolds refused to leave their home,’ the suit reads.
The suit does name NYPD Officer Thomas Geberth as having been the officer whose bachelor party it was. He is said to have made threats to Halliburton’s neighbors
Halliburton is said to have ‘suffered from extreme emotional injury ever since,’ having endured a panic attack and severe vomiting when police first arrived at the scene.
The suit does name NYPD Officer Thomas Geberth as having been the officer whose bachelor party it was. He is said to have made threats to Halliburton’s neighbors after they confronted the group of officers about their behavior.
Halliburton is seeking $1,250,000 in compensatory, consequential and incidental damage and another $3,750,000 in punitive damages.
Earlier this month Reynolds had been told to go to NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza so that officials could begin their disciplinary case against him.
The result of which would have certainly led to him being fired, a police source explained to the New York Daily News.
Reynolds, who has been on modified duty, resigned on January 2. He will not receive a pension or health benefits.
Halliburton is seeking $1,250,000 in compensatory, consequential and incidental damage and another $3,750,000 in punitive damages
‘His actions are wholly inconsistent with the values and standards the New York City Police Department expects and demands of its officers,’ said Acting Deputy Commissioner Devora Kaye, the NYPD’s top spokesperson.
The announcement came after more than 12,000 people signed a petition calling Reynolds to be fired following his conviction.
The petition – called ‘Fire Racist Criminal Michael J Reynolds from the NYPD’ – highlights the now- 26-year-old’s racist tirade toward a black woman after kicking in the door to her Nashville home in July 2018.
‘Michael J Reynolds needs to be fired immediately,’ the petition declares.
Last month, Reynolds was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years’ probation after pleading no contest to three counts of assault and one count of aggravated criminal trespassing, the Tennessean reports.
The officer barged into Conese Halliburton’s home on July 9 while she was with her four sons – two of which were 8 and 11 at the time.
Reynolds, of Manhattan North, was later caught on surveillance footage walking down the street around 2.30am in the Nashville neighborhood.
In the video, a man’s voice is then heard shouting: ‘Try to shoot me, I’ll break every bone in your f**king neck. You f**king n***er.’
Last month, Reynolds was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years’ probation after pleading no contest to three counts of assault and one count of aggravated criminal trespassing
The man eventually left and a short time later Nashville police arrived but were unable to find him.
Halliburton said she confronted the Airbnb guests with her neighbor the next day. She shared that her four sons were at her home at the time of the incident.
During his trial, Reynolds shared that he had been suspended from the job for 30 days and added that he was also decommissioned. Reynolds remains with the department, however.
‘Because our criminal justice system is profoundly broken, ‘It ended with Reynolds getting [only] about two weeks in jail and three years probation,” the petition against Reynolds states.
‘To make matters worse, this racist criminal is still employed by the NYPD. There is no reasonable argument for leaving a violent, racist, convicted criminal on the police force, armed with a gun in New York City.’
Reynolds apologized for his part in the incident, explaining that he and two other NYPD officers had traveled to the area to celebrate his best friend’s bachelor party.
‘We appreciate Judge Fishburn for taking this case—and the attempted cover up—so seriously,’ attorney Daniel Horwitz said, according to WTVF.
‘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,’