National Guard Promotion for Driver Killed by NYPD
Friday, October 12, 2012
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.