Noel Polanco was shot and killed by a police detective in October.
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.
Noel Polanco's casket is carried out of Eternal Love Baptist Church by his fellow soldiers on Oct. 12.
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.
Failing schools, immigration, bizarre crimes and art filled the pages of the Western Queens edition of the Queens Chronicle this year.
Residents fought against developments they thought would be detrimental to the community, from a strip club in Long Island City to a proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Park, from the addition of affordable housing in Hunters Point to the lack of affordable housing in Willets Point, which will largely affect Jackson Heights and Corona.
Friends wore T-shirts and sweatshirts commemorating Noel Polanco, nicknamed Sparkxx.
Army Guardsman Noel Polanco’s casket was carried out of the church by his fellow soldiers.
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.
Noel Polanco's funeral was attended by many of the individuals he served in the Army Reserves with.
Polanco's mother Cecelia Reyes told the congregation, minutes before exiting with her lawyer in front of her son's casket, "my son was an amazing child."
Mourners gathered in Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona for the funeral of Noel Polanco.
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the funeral for Noel Polanco in Corona
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.
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.
A young Corona man driving erratically down Grand Central Parkway was shot dead by police early Thursday morning. The reasons behind the shooting are still unclear.
Video footage shows Noel Polanco at the Ice Lounge in Astoria shortly before he was shot dead by police.