Family of slain National Guardsman to file suit against city, NYPD

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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman
THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

Noel Polanco, who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop, was laid to rest at a funeral on Friday, October 12.

Cecilia Reyes announced a $20 million notice of claim to file a lawsuit against the city, the NYPD and the officer who fatally shot her son, Noel Polanco.

On February 14, a Queens grand jury determined no criminal charges would be filed against Hassan Hamdy, the NYPD officer who shot the 22-year-old National Guardsman in October during a traffic stop on the Grand Central Parkway.

“I want him without a job,” Reyes told NY1. “I’m calling on the commissioner. I want this cop off the street. I don’t want to see him hurt anyone else.”

“The family feels they did not get justice in the state system of criminal justice,” said Sanford Rubenstein, the lawyer for Polanco’s family.

Along with the lawsuit, the family has requested that the U.S. Attorney’s office begin a criminal investigation based on federal civil rights violations.

“She [Reyes] wants this police officer to be held accountable and she doesn’t want another family to go through what her family is going through,” said Rubenstein.