NYPD officer who broke into home of black family jailed for two weeks

Mohammed Awal Dec 17, 2019 at 08:00am

December 17, 2019 at 08:00 am | Crime News, News

Mohammed Awal

Mohammed Awal

December 17, 2019 at 08:00 am | Crime News, News

Michael Reynolds. Picture: NC5

The New York City police officer who broke into the home of a black family, threatened and racially abused them has been sentenced.

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

Michael Reynolds, 25, was handed two weeks jail term and three-year probation for the break-in, according to court records.

Conese Halliburton, the homeowner and mother of four, recalled she was in bed with her youngest son when she heard shouting outside her home. According to court filings, she asked her eldest son to check it out.

“I could hear, like, someone yelling, and it was like really loud, and it was close,” she told the court, The Atlanta Black Star reported. “I was like, something doesn’t sound right.”

“It was just like, loud yelling, just like really loud,” she said.

“And while I was on the phone with the [911 operator], you know how it sounds like a knock — when someone is knocking at your door.

“It was like vibrations, like really loud. It was like boom, boom, boom.”

Feeling traumatized during her recollection of the events of that day in court Halliburton said: “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.”

Reynolds who was on vacation and stayed at an Airbnb with friends, a door down Halliburton’s home was under the influence of alcohol when he broke into the house, according to the police, reported NC5.

Reynolds did not contest to his felony aggravated burglary charge and three misdemeanor assault charges when he appeared before a Davidson County Criminal Court judge earlier this year.

A surveillance camera captured portions of the exchange and a man’s voice could be heard 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 told the court.

Meanwhile, a bomb shell revelation by a retired NYPD officer disclosed that police officers in America are remunerated more overtime if they arrest black men.

According to Pierre Maximilien, officers in Coney Island’s Transit District 34 were told to avoid “soft targets” – a code for whites, Asians and Jews.

They were told to focus on blacks and Hispanics during their patrols of the subways.

Police officers in America are remunerated more overtime if they arrest black men, new court papers have shown.

According to a retired NYPD officer, Pierre Maximilien, officers in Coney Island’s Transit District 34 were told to avoid “soft targets” – a code for whites, Asians and Jews.

They are told to focus on blacks and Hispanics during their patrols of the subways.

“We were taught by Tsachas’ closest lieutenants that we could not give summons to what they called … ‘soft targets,’ ” reads Maximilien’s sworn affidavit. “Instead, it was emphasized that we needed to stop male blacks. Those were the ones Tsachas wanted to go to jail.”

Maximilien’s claims have been backed up by other officers. Notable among them is Aaron Diaz who in his declaration said Tsachas told him “You should write up more black and Hispanic people.”

Also, Daniel Perez claimed he was scolded for “stopping too many Russian and Chinese.”

The allegations unravel the racial disparities in America’s criminal justice system as they are deep-rooted in history to suppress the Black American.

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