CRIMINAL DEFENSE • DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATIONS & HEARINGS

NYPD officer accused of home invasion quits force ahead of disciplinary hearing

Posted January 24, 2020

A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer recently decided to resign rather than undergo a disciplinary process for a violent home break-in in July 2018.

Michael Reynolds, 26, admitted to mistakenly entering a black woman’s home and threatening her family. The incident occurred when he was attending a bachelor party with two other NYPD officers in Nashville, Tennessee. He was also accused of using a racial slur against the homeowner.

Reynolds was sentenced to 15 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,000 in court costs for trespassing and three counts of assault in the Tennessee case. He will also undergo three years of unsupervised probation.

Reynolds had been placed on modified duty pending an internal review. The former officer was instructed to report to NYPD headquarters to start his official disciplinary process in December 2019. However, he quit his job instead.

At his sentencing hearing, Reynolds testified he was so drunk he did not remember using a racial slur that night. He thought the woman’s residence was his rental home.

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