As family and friends prepare for the funeral of police shooting victim Noel Polanco, NYPD officials says Emergency Service Unit officers at the scene actually tried to save his life after one of their own fired the shot. NY1's Criminal Justice reporter Dean Meminger filed the following exclusive report.
On video taken shortly after Noel Polanco was shot by an Emergency Service Unit officer on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, the 22-year-old is seen being brought out of a unmarked ESU truck on a stretcher.
Polanco, 22, was fatally shot by ESU Detective Hassan Hamdy following an early morning traffic stop near LaGuardia Airport last Thursday.
Asked on Thursday why Polanco was in a police vehicle rather than an ambulance, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly answered that the officers were trying to save the driver's life.
"He was immediately placed inside the truck, the vehicle, in order to render first aid to Mr. Polanco. When the ambulance arrived, he was then removed from the vehicle," said Kelly.
At that point, Polanco was already hooked up to an oxygen bag and an IV line. NYPD officials say that was done by partners of Hamdy, moments after the officer who fired the fatal shot.
"Our emergency service police officers are all emergency medical technicians as well," Kelly said.
The truck was one of the unmarked vehicles used to pull Polanco over. Police say it was equipped with medical supplies.
NY1 is told the ESU officers treated Polanco's bullet wound.
In the video, a patch can be seen on his abdomen where he was shot.
Polanco's family and friends say they have been told by Diane DeFerrari, who was with Polanco in the car, that police dragged him out of his Honda after the shooting.
"Why would he be pulled out like as an animal? He was shot, he was hurt. Why would you pull him like an animal, to be put into some truck," said Cecilia Reyes, Polanco's mother. "And where was the ambulance through this time? Why would he been put in a truck? It is not making sense."
"We think moving him to the police vehicle is an issue that must be considered in that investigation, if that was a wrongful act," said Sanford Rubenstein, the lawyer for Polanco's family.
Police say the ESU officers did what their training called for, giving first aid to someone who needed it.