A white officer in the Police Department of New York City who broke into a black woman’s Tennessee home and threatened her and her sons with a racial blow has resigned.
Michael J. Reynolds was told Monday that the NYPD had to report to the police department so that the disciplinary proceedings against him could be concluded by the NYPD on Thursday. The agency said in a statement.
Then, the NYPD said that Reynolds resigned, with immediate effect.
“It won’t receive any pension or health benefits, nor can it be a firearm,” said the NYPD release.
Reynolds was in Tennessee for a bachelor party with two other police officers not named.
He forced himself into a house— the doors away from the Airbnb he had leased with several other people, including two other officers— where, according to court records, Conese Halliburton lived with her family.
Video surveillance taken from the security camera of a neighbor caught Reynolds intimidating families with racial slurs. According to court documents, Reynolds left only after Halliburton said police were nearby.
Last month, after playing the same count for exacerbated criminal infringement and three counts of assault, Reynolds was sentenced to 15 days in prison, and three years in probation, court records show.
Halliburton called Reynolds on the NYPD.
“Michael Reynolds is a violent and dangerous bigot who has no business with a badge or a weapon,” her lawyer, Daniel Horwitz, told on Wednesday. “Ms. Halliburton wants the NYPD instantly to fire him and keep him from hurting anyone, and we’re all honestly sorry that it didn’t happen before.”
More than 12,000 people signed a petition asking for his firing, and, on Wednesday, a coalition of protesters and activists gathered to call upon the city’s police force to be held accountable.
Halliburton, through her lawyer, said on Wednesday that she sincerely appreciated “the availability of support from people across the country who believe that Michael Reynolds must be shot and must not be able to function as a police officer anymore.”