No Charges for NYPD in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed National Guardsman

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A grand jury decided today not to indict the officer who shot 22-year-old Noel Polanco during a traffic stop on Grand Central Parkway last year. Polanco was driving home from work in the early morning hours with two women, including an off-duty cop who was asleep in the backseat, and pulled over after cutting off an unmarked police vehicle. Detective Hassan Hamdy fired through the passenger-side window and claimed he thought Polanco was reaching for a gun under the seat. The woman sitting next to the slain National Guardsman blamed “police road rage” and said his hands never left the steering wheel. No weapon was found.

No Charges for NYPD in Shooting of Unarmed Man