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Lawyer: Grand Jury "Likely" To Hear Case Of Fatal Queens Traffic Stop

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The mother of a National Guardsman killed by police during a traffic stop met Thursday with the Queens district attorney as she prepares for his funeral.

Cecilia Reyes was joined by her lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, during the half hour meeting in Kew Gardens.

Speaking to reporters afterward, he said there was a strong indication Queens District Attorney Richard Brown is getting closer to deciding whether a grand jury will examine the events surrounding last week's shooting on the Grand Central Parkway.

"The District Attorney this morning committed to an independent investigation with regard to all of the facts and circumstances regarding this wrongful death. He also advised us that it is likely a grand jury will hear this case," Rubenstein said.

"I want justice and I want, I just want this to be done rightly that's all," Reyes said. "I want no cover ups. I just want this to be taken the way it should be."

Reyes' son, Noel Polanco, 22, was shot and killed by Detective Hassan Hamby following a an early morning traffic stop near LaGuardia Airport last Thursday.

Polanco was unarmed.

Hamby's lawyer said his client was wearing a vest with bold letters that displayed "POLICE" on the front and back when he approached Polanco's car.

He said Polanco did not comply with Hamby's orders to put his hands up and fired a single shot after he saw Polanco reaching under his seat.

One of Polanco's passengers disputes that, saying Polanco had no time to comply.

Loved ones who attended wake services for Polanco Wednesday say they're going to keep pushing for answers.

"At the end of the day we're just going to keep fighting. Me as just being a friend, I see myself as his brother. We're just going to keep fighting, we're going to fight all the way. Petitions, rallies -- whatever we got to do," said Polanco's friend, Jovani Paydin.

Polanco will be laid to rest Friday.

In a statement, DA Brown confirmed expectations that a Grand Jury will hear evidence in the case, adding "Our decisions in this case will be based solely on the facts and the law and we will follow the evidence wherever it leads us."

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