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Cop who killed unarmed man on Grand Central Parkway faces departmental charge

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Cecilia Reyes says nothing will ever replace her son, Noel Polanco. But the NYPD's departmental charges filed against officers involved in his death bring her a sense of justice.

Polanco, a 22-year-old National Guard soldier, was shot and killed after he was stopped for reckless driving on the Grand Central Parkway in 2012.

The detective that fired, Hassan Hamdy, a 15-year veteran of the force, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing but now faces a departmental charge for "failing to employ proper tactics causing a civilian's death." The administrative charge could cost him his job.

Sanford Rubenstein, a lawyer for Reyes, said that the detective claimed Polanco was reaching for something under the seat but in reality was unarmed.

A sergeant from the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit also received an administrative charge for failing to supervise Hamdy during the stop.

In a statement, the Sergeants Benevolent Association called it a "typical scapegoat reaction by the department, second guessing what happened."

Reyes, who has already received a $2.5 million settlement from the city, plans to keep fighting.

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