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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.
The police detective who fatally shot an unarmed national guardsman after pulling him over on the Grand Central Parkway last October will not be charged with a crime.
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.
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.
Outside the Astoria nightclub, Ice Lounge, friends and family placed flowers and lit votive prayer candles honoring the 22-year-old Corona man who was shot dead by a NYPD detective early Thursday morning.
Above the memorial hangs a Xeroxed copy of Noel Polanco — described as not having one enemy — in his National Guard fatigues, which people had signed, including his mother who wrote “Mom loves you” flanked by two hearts.