Skip to comments.Mother of Man Killed by Police: ‘I Want No Cover-Up; I Want Answers’
Posted on 10/06/2012 5:58:50 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
Detective Hassan Hamdy made the split-second decision to fire a single fatal shot at an unarmed motorist during an early morning traffic stop on a highway in Queens because he thought the driver was reaching for a gun, according to the detectives lawyer.
The driver, Noel Polanco, 22, did not comply with Detective Hamdys orders to put his hands up, instead reaching down in a quick motion, down on the floor of the car, said lawyer Philip Karasyk, representing the detective.
Detective Hamdy twice yelled Police! and was wearing a heavy vest with the word police written across it, Mr. Karasyk said. At that point my guy fires, thinking he has a gun, Mr. Karasyk said in an interview Saturday night. If this guy had kept his hands up or on the wheel, we wouldnt be here. Had not for this person reaching down, lunging for the floor and not complying with orders to show his hands, we wouldnt be here.
Mr. Polanco was driving on the Grand Central Parkway just after 5 a.m. on Thursday when he was pulled over by uniformed members of the Police Departments Emergency Service Unit, who were riding in unmarked vans. They said that he had twice cut them off.
Mr. Karasyk said officers activated lights and sirens and yelled at Mr. Polanco to pull over, but he sped up and continued driving, which escalated the officers level of alertness.
He was a danger to other motorists on the road, Mr. Karasyk said. "They actually had to box him in and pull him over.
Toxicology tests, administered after the shooting, showed no drugs or alcohol in Detective Hamdys system, police said.
He is a squared-away guy. He doesnt drink. He takes no drugs. He is on no medications whatsoever, Mr. Karasyk said.
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No. I'm saying she probably must have been awakened at some point. (shrug) Who knows? I guess we'll find out what happened when the investigations are wrapped up. I'll get back to you then. Meanwhile, why don't you and your buddies grab a rope and go looking for the cop?