On July 9, a home security camera captured a drunk man staggering outside a Nashville neighborhood after 2:30 am. Moments later Conese Halliburton and her children were terrified when a crash woke them up as the man broke into their home. The man was later identified as New York Police officer, Michael Reynolds.
It seems Reynolds was renting an AirBnB on the same block and in his drunken stupor broke into the wrong house. What happened next is unforgivable. When Halliburton's son told Reynolds to get out of their house, the officer unleashed a barrage of threatening racists attacks on the family.
A surveillance camera captured the audio as Reynolds screamed:
Try to shoot me, I'll break every bone in your F****** neck. You F****** N******."
It's no surprise that Halliburton is still struggling with the unprovoked fear of that night. She told WKRN:
It's traumatizing. I'm working on no sleep at all. I'm out here having nightmares. My kids are having nightmares. They're staying up all night because he's still out there.
No charges have been filed but a spokesperson for the Nashville police said the officer could be charged with a misdemeanor for aggravated trespassing.
Drunk NYPD cop couldn't find his Nashville Air B&B and broke down the door to the wrong house, terrorizing Black fa… https://t.co/5Ujm3hvpc7— Nick Encalada-Malinowski (@Nick Encalada-Malinowski)1534245510.0
Good god. The racial slur is on video... "White NYPD cop broke into a black family's Nashville home while they were… https://t.co/FXdK7lFan7— Keegan Stephan (@Keegan Stephan)1534163977.0
Drunk or not, Twitter was outraged by the racist and toxic behavior.
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence They had every right to shoot him. Every right. Or can only white folks stand their ground… https://t.co/hE8GNtOkpl— Saint Side Eye 😒 (@Saint Side Eye 😒)1534256917.0
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence I’m just done! No such thing as domestic terrorist right? His sense of irrational entitle… https://t.co/ylT62Qd7GA— Do U Feel Me? (@Do U Feel Me?)1534259554.0
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence Absolutely unforgivable !!! 😦— Lori Maier (@Lori Maier)1534338396.0
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence Let’s see: a drunk broke into a private home & threatened a family! What difference does it… https://t.co/6oDnzWAV75— Deborah Taylor (@Deborah Taylor)1534266730.0
The possible light charges did not sit well.
@nwmalinowski In NY, a civilian who did this would be charged with a C violent felony with a minimum of 3 1/2 years… https://t.co/asocMjun3t— Captain Peter of the USS Space Force (@Captain Peter of the USS Space Force)1534283940.0
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence How about charges more than just aggravated trespassing? How about breaking and entry, some… https://t.co/1O0ipLhusF— EDragon (@EDragon)1534260188.0
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence This should be more than a misdemeanor.— Kelly McCabe (@Kelly McCabe)1534261586.0
@nwmalinowski @jduffyrice lock him up— Cara Fitzgerald (@Cara Fitzgerald)1534301457.0
@nwmalinowski Misdeamour charges are what they are contemplating?— Mariw (@Mariw)1534296027.0
@nwmalinowski Misdemeanour charges? If he wasn’t a cop and wasn’t white, do we really think this would be a misdemeanor charge?— OldHound (@OldHound)1534293667.0
If criminal courts won't give justice, try the civil courts.
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence She should sue him. Did he pay for damages?— Ginger Underwood (@Ginger Underwood)1534257035.0
@nwmalinowski @Lawrence Sue him, should be fired as well— Rich Zo (@Rich Zo)1534258958.0
No family should be terrorized in their own home. We hope Halliburton receives the justice she is entitled to.