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Funeral For Man Killed During Queens Traffic Stop

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A day after meeting with the Queens District Attorney, the family of a National Guardsman shot and killed by police during a traffic stop last week paid their final respects.

A funeral service was held Friday morning at Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona for Noel Polanco, 22.

Reverend Al Sharpton was among the speakers who spoke before the crowd of family members, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers.


Polanco was shot and killed by an Emergency Services Unit officer last Thursday along the Grand Central Parkway near LaGuardia Airport.

He was posthumously promoted to sergeant by the U.S. Army during the military funeral.

Mourners in attendance say they wanted people to know the type of person Polanco was and that his life was taken way too soon.

"My son was an angel, and he's my prince. And I'm gonna miss him with all my heart because he was a great person and I will always miss him and I'm never gonna see him again, but I know that we will meet again," said Polanco's mother, Cecilia Reyes.

"I want my brother to rest in peace, but I know along with peace we have justice a well," said Polanco's brother, Sergeant Jonathan Polanco.

Lawyers for the detective who shot Polanco say he did not put up his hands as he was ordered.

Passengers in the car say Officer Hassan Hamdy didn't give Polanco enough time to comply.

A small group of protesters gathered outside the funeral with signs criticizing members of the NYPD force for being "trigger happy".

"This policeman who already had so many incidents against him, he was still in the police force. We cannot afford to have these out of control policemen in the force," said one protester.

During a brief meeting Thursday, Polanco's mother and her attorneys say Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told them it's likely a grand jury will look into the case.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says fellow ESU officers tried to save Polanco's life at the scene.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Kelly says Polanco was hooked up to an oxygen bag and an IV line inside one of the NYPD vehicles before an ambulance arrived.

"He was immediately placed inside the truck, the vehicle, in order to render first aid to Mr. Polanco. When the ambulance arrived, he was then removed from the vehicle," Kelly said.

NY1 is told the ESU officers also treated Polanco's bullet wound.

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