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National Guard Promotion for Driver Killed by NYPD

Friday, October 12, 2012

Noel Polanco, 22, was shot dead by police when he was pulled over in Queens early Thursday. (Facebook)

His commander has announced a posthumous promotion for an Army National Guardsman shot to death by New York City police.

Lt. Col. James Freehart read the proclamation Friday at the Queens funeral of 22-year-old Noel Polanco.

The Rev. Al Sharpton referenced the promotion in the eulogy. He said the Army has made Polanco a sergeant and God is giving him wings.

Polanco was unarmed when police pulled him over for a traffic violation on Oct. 4 near LaGuardia Airport.

A lawyer for the detective has said Polanco did not comply with orders to put his hands up and reached for something under his seat.

Polanco's front-seat passenger has disputed that account.

Polanco's mother, Cecilia Reyes, met with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Thursday.

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Comments [2]

Wild Bill from Florida

Why do I think that police officer Vanessa Rodriguez is not being totally forthcoming here? Unless she was extremely inebriated, I find it difficult to believe that she slept through so much of the commotion. Further, she wasn't so out of it, that she didn't have the presence of mind to flash her badge at some point. Since she is not being charged with anything, could she be required to submit to a polygraph test as a term and condition of her employment? We make expectations of our police officers even when they're off the clock.

Oct. 13 2012 12:00 PM
HAVANA CARBO/aka Gladys Carbo from weehawken

Apparently it's too much trouble for police to write out a ticket these days, it's so much easier to shoot to kill. Don't even bother to shoot the hand or foot, go for the jugular.
Sick sick sick...

Oct. 13 2012 12:42 AM

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