The family of Noel Polanco, the 22-year-old National Guardsmen shot and killed by a police detective during a traffic stop in October, plans to sue the city for $20 million, according to their lawyer Sanford Rubenstein.
A grand jury declined to indict Detective Hassan Hamdy, who said he thought the victim was reaching for a weapon under the driver's seat as he approached the car. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the grand jury's decision on Feb. 14.
There were many different “uniforms” displayed in the pews last Friday at the Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona for the funeral of Noel Polanco, the unarmed Army National guardsman killed by a police detective on the Grand Central Parkway on Oct. 4.There were those uniforms of the Army; those of Center of Attention, the car club he was a member of; there was the traditional black funeral wear as well as many sweatshirts and T-shirts reading “RIP Sparkxx,” the nickname Polanco’s friends affectionately called him.
Although many tears were shed, the funeral had a celebratory tone. The Rev. Theresa Gaskin spoke of not asking God why, but instead thanking him for “this wonderful life.” People raised their hands up as they passionately sang songs of praise and spoke of heaven and seeing Polanco, 22, there.
Mourners gathered today at the Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona for the funeral of Noel Polanco, the unarmed man killed by a police detective on the Grand Central Parkway last week.
On Oct. 11 Queens District Attorney Richard Brown met with the mother of Noel Polanco, the 22-year-old who was shot dead by police a week ago, to discuss the DA's investigation into the incident.