The Law Office of Daniel A. Horwitz, Esq.

October 26, 2020

Horwitz Secures $1 Million Judgment for Nashville Woman Terrorized by Ex-NYPD Officer’s Home Invasion

Federal District Court Judge Eli Richardson has formally approved a $1 million civil judgment in favor of Conese Halliburton against ex-NYPD Officer Michael Reynolds, who was convicted in 2019 of multiple crimes related to a racial slur-laden Nashville home invasion.  After being sentenced to jail by Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn, Reynolds resigned from the NYPD in disgrace before termination proceedings could be completed.  While he was serving his jail sentence, Ms. Halliburton also sued ex-Officer Reynolds in federal court, after which Reynolds declared bankruptcy.

Following litigation in both the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, a $1 million civil judgment has now been entered against Reynolds regarding the incident, which comes in addition to his ongoing criminal sentence.  The court’s order reflects that Reynolds has also admitted that all of the allegations in Ms. Halliburton’s Complaint—including her allegations regarding misconduct by other NYPD Officers—are true, and that Reynolds has stipulated to liability regarding Ms. Halliburton’s claims for trespass, trespass to chattels, conversion, assault, violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, negligence, negligence per se, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

“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,” said Nashville attorney Daniel A. Horwitz, who represented Ms. Halliburton.  “We are certainly pleased with this development, but we also aren’t finished here.”  Selected case documents and media coverage are linked below.

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Selected Case Documents:

*Final Order Granting $1 Million Judgment

Plaintiff’s Complaint

Transcript of Plea Hearing, Davidson County Criminal Court

Transcript of Sentencing Hearing, Davidson County Criminal Court

Selected Media Coverage:

-The Tennessean: Ex-NYPD cop who terrorized Nashville residents during break-in must pay $1M, judge rules

-WKRN: Ex-NYPD officer ordered to pay $1M after breaking into 12South home, using racial slurs

-New York Times: Officer Who Admitted Making Racist Threat Quits After an Uproar

-New York Post: White NYPD cop who broke into black woman’s home, hurled racist slurs ordered to pay $1M

-Fox 17: Judge approves $1M judgment against ex-NYPD officer who broke into Nashville woman’s home

-New York Daily News: Disgraced ex-NYPD cop who forced his way into woman’s Nashville home must pay her $1 million

-Insurance Journal: Former NYPD Officer Ordered to Pay $1M Over Tennessee Break-In

-The Root: Former NYPD Officer Ordered to Pay $1M Over Tennessee Break-InEx-NYPD Officer Ordered to Pay $1 Million to Black Tennessee Woman Whose Home He Broke Into Before Hurling Racial Slurs

-ABC: Woman files $5 million suit against officer who broke into her home, yelled racial slurs

-The Tennessean: Airbnb terror ends in jail time for drunk NYPD cop who broke into Nashville home, threatened residents

-New York Post: Racist ex-NYPD cop who broke into stranger’s Nashville home files for bankruptcy

-WSMV: NYPD officer arrested for assaulting Nashville family while he was on vacation resigns

-The Tennessean: Woman files $5M lawsuit against ex-NYPD cop who broke into her Nashville home and threatened her

-CNN: Tennessee woman wants a New York police officer who barged into her home and was accused of a racial slur to be fired

-New York Post: Activists want NYPD cop Michael Reynolds fired for racist tirade in Nashville

-US News and World Report: NYPD Officer Accused of Home Break-In, Attack Enters Plea

-NBC News: A white NYPD officer broke into a black woman’s home and threatened her. Activists want him fired.


-Reason: New York Cop Finally Quits—More Than a Year After He Broke Into a Woman’s Home and Threatened Her

-The Grio: White NYPD officer, who spewed racist threats to a Black woman after breaking into her home, resigns

-The Tennessean: NYPD cop takes a plea deal after breaking into a Nashville house next to his Airbnb

-WTVF: Attorney: Resignation of NYPD cop in Nashville racist attack long overdue