EXCLUSIVE: Mother of National Guardsman slain by cop gets $2.5M settlement
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By John Marzulli / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 2:30 AM
The city is paying a $2.5 million settlement to the mother of an unarmed National Guardsman who was shot to death by an NYPD detective during a car stop on the Grand Central Parkway, the Daily News has learned.
Noel Polanco was shot once in the chest by Emergency Service Unit Detective Hassan Hamdy, who fired his service weapon through the open passenger side window because he believed the man was reaching under the seat.
Hamdy was cleared of criminal wrongdoing by a Queens grand jury. The Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office also reviewed the incident and concluded the detective did not intentionally violate the victim’s civil rights.
“This is a fair settlement for damages for the wrongful death of this fine young soldier who should not have died the way he did,” lawyers Sanford Rubenstein and Scott Rynecki said in a statement.
Noel Polanco was shot and killed during traffic stop on Grand Central Parkway in October 2012.
But Polanco’s mother, Cecilia Reyes, said the seven-figure settlement does not heal her broken heart.
“I want the NYPD to fire this…