White NYPD Cop Who Broke Into Black Woman’s Home, Threatened Her, Resigns From Force…

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Janelle Griffith

Michael J. Reynolds was in Tennessee for a bach­e­lor par­ty when he broke into a home near his group’s Airbnb. He can be heard on video utter­ing threats and using racial slurs.

A white offi­cer with the New York City Police Department who broke into a black wom­an’s home in Tennessee and threat­ened her and her sons with a racist slur has resigned from the force.

Michael J. Reynolds, who was on mod­i­fied-duty sta­tus sub­ject to an inves­ti­ga­tion of the inci­dent, was informed Monday that he was to report to police head­quar­ters so the NYPD could begin its dis­ci­pli­nary case against him Thursday, the agency said in a state­ment.

Instead, the NYPD said, Reynolds quit, effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly.

He will receive no pen­sion or health ben­e­fits, nor will he be allowed to car­ry a firearm,” the NYPD state­ment said.

Reynolds was in Tennessee with two oth­er police offi­cers, who have not been iden­ti­fied, in July 2018 for a bach­e­lor par­ty.

He forced his way into a home — doors away from the Airbnb that he and sev­er­al oth­er men, includ­ing the two oth­er offi­cers, had rent­ed — where Conese Halliburton lived with her chil­dren, accord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Video sur­veil­lance tak­en from a neigh­bor’s secu­ri­ty cam­era cap­tured Reynolds threat­en­ing the fam­i­ly and using racial slurs. “I’ll break every f — ing bone in your f — ing neck,” Reynolds said in a rant, accord­ing to inves­ti­ga­tors. He can also be heard call­ing the vic­tims “f — ing n — — .” Reynolds left only after Halliburton said police were near­by, accord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Last month, Reynolds was sen­tenced to 15 days in jail and three years’ pro­ba­tion after plead­ing no con­test to one count of aggra­vat­ed crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing and three counts of assault, court records show.

Halliburton had called on the NYPD to fire Reynolds.

Michael Reynolds is a vio­lent and dan­ger­ous racist who has no busi­ness car­ry­ing either a badge or a gun,” her attor­ney, Daniel Horwitz, said in an email to NBC News on Wednesday. “Ms. Halliburton wants the NYPD to fire him imme­di­ate­ly so that he can’t hurt any­one else, and we are all frankly dumb­found­ed that that has not hap­pened already.”

More than 12,000 peo­ple signed a peti­tion advo­cat­ing that he be fired and on Wednesday, a group of pro­test­ers and activists gath­ered in New York to demand account­abil­i­ty from the city’s police depart­ment.

Halliburton, through her attor­ney, said Wednesday she deeply appre­ci­at­ed “the out­pour­ing of sup­port that she has received from peo­ple across the coun­try who agree that Michael Reynolds needs to be fired and should no longer be able to work as a police offi­cer.”