A former New York police (NYPD) officer was ordered to pay a Black woman after breaking into her Tennessee home and yelling racial slurs, according to BET. A federal judge ruled that Michael J. Reynolds, a former NYPD patrol officer, must pay $1 million to Conese Halliburton for an incident two years ago.
In 2018, Reynolds and two other officers were attending a bachelor's party next door to Halliburton's Nashville home. Intoxicated at the time, the three men broke into her house and threatened her family with racial slurs. Reynolds was heard on video saying, "Try to shoot me, and I'll break every f***ing bone in your f***ing neck," before adding "f***ing n*****." The cop was sentenced to 15 days in jail and reportedly got unsupervised probation.
Following the news of the incident, protestors gathered outside of NYPD headquarters and called for Reynolds' resignation. Come January, NYPD officials announced that Reynolds quit the force "effective immediately."
"He will receive no pension or health benefits, nor will he be allowed to carry a firearm. His actions are wholly inconsistent with the values and standards the New York City Police Department expects and demands of its officers," NYPD’s acting Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Devora Kaye told CNN at the time.
The attorney representing Halliburton said they are pleased with the outcome but are not finished. "Ms. Halliburton promised from the beginning that she would hold ex-Officer Reynolds fully accountable for his criminal misconduct and obtain justice for her family regarding this despicable incident." BET said it's unlikely that Halliburton will receive the money, however, because the ex-cop filed for bankruptcy.
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