Follow-Up: NYPD Cop Who Shot, Killed Guardsman to Face Grand Jury in January
Hassan Hamdy, the New York Police Department detective who shot and killed New York National Guardsman Noel Polanco at a traffic stop last October 4th will face a grand jury. The purpose of the grand jury is to determine if there is enough evidence against Hamdy to warrant manslaughter or homicide charges at a criminal trial.
Hamdy pulled over the car that Noel Polanco was driving after he had allegedly been speeding. Polanco was accompanied by a bartender, Diane DeFerrari, and an off-duty police officer, Vanessa Rodriguez, who claims she was asleep in the back seat of the car at the time of the shooting incident.
After pulling the car over, Hamdy approached the vehicle on the passenger side, weapon drawn. At that point, accounts differ. Hamdy claims that he saw Polanco reach beneath the seat. Hamdy asserts that he was in fear of his life, because he thought Polanco was reaching for a weapon, and fired one shot at Polanco, striking him in the stomach. The shot killed him.
Polanco’s passenger, Ms. DeFerrari, stated that Polanco had both hands on the steering wheel at the time of the shooting.
No weapon was found in Polanco’s car.
The NYPD is not commenting on the story. However, they did leak information that Polanco’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of the shooting, and that police reports indicate that Polanco consumed 2-3 glasses of cognac at the bar where Ms. DeFerrari worked prior to getting in the car in the pre-dawn hours that morning.
The grand jury is expected to begin hearing evidence next month.
We will keep readers posted as the story develops.