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Man Shot by NYPD Dreamed of Joining NYPD
Noel Polanco was a national guardsman
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2012 2:43 PM CDT
In this Jan. 27, 2012 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – The unarmed man shot and killed by NYPD officers during a traffic stop yesterday was a member of the New York Army National Guard who—irony alert—had long hoped to join the NYPD. "That was his dream," his mother tells the New York Daily News. "All he wanted to do was go to the military … and then continue his career as an officer." Noel Polanco, 22, was shot in Queens yesterday at around 5:20 am, after police pulled him over for allegedly driving erratically.

Police say Polanco reached under his seat as they approached, prompting Detective Hassam Hamdy to shoot him in the stomach, the Huffington Post reports. But a passenger in the car told police Polanco never reached for anything, and describes the killing as "an act of road rage," saying Polanco accidentally cut off the police. They "proceeded to chase us, sticking their middle finger at us and screaming obscenities at the car," she tells the New York Post. There was another passenger in Polanco's car as well: an off-duty NYPD officer who had been drinking. She was asleep in the back when the shots were fired.

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Doublewhiskeycoke
Oct 6, 2012 12:35 PM CDT
Two of the most restrictive gun ownership cities in the country Chicago and New York. They also happen to have the most obnoxious cops anywhere. I am not a fan of the American South yet I have lived there. Perfectly legal to drive with a loaded .40 cal Smith and Wesson with hollow point shells (my personal fav). And you know what cops are so much more polite and treat you like a person getting pulled over in the south. In Chicago and NY cops are abusive and treat you like a worthless civilian -nothing more. Just saying...
HANKHILL
Oct 6, 2012 11:10 AM CDT
good old nypd coverup THE NAME OF THE SHOOTER SAYS IT ALL----HASSAM HAMDY! RIP!
turdferguson1
Oct 6, 2012 8:39 AM CDT
fuck the police.