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Settlement Reached for Mother of Nat'l Guardsman Shot by NYPD

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The family of 22-year-old Noel Polanco, a National Guardsman who was killed by police in Queens, will receive a $2.5 million settlement.

Polanco was shot and killed by NYPD Detective Hassan Hamdy during a traffic stop on the Grand Central Parkway in October 2012.

Attorneys for the family, Sanford Rubenstein and Scott Rynecki, made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.

Polanco's mother, who sued NYPD Detective Hassan Hamdy, the city, and the NYPD for her son's death, was not present.

The attorneys say the criminal side of the justice system failed Polanco, but the civil side has brought some closure.

They're still calling on Police Commissioner William Bratton to take disciplinary action against Hamdy.

"We understand that he has never been deprived of his gun, he always had his gun ever since this happened. He was placed in a special clerical bureau so he wasn't patrolling, modified duty, he was placed on modified duty, but they have never, the Police Department, taken away his gun,” said Rubenstein.

Hamdy said he opened fire because he thought Polanco was reaching for a gun.

No weapons were found in the car.

A grand jury cleared Hamdy of any wrongdoing, and federal prosecutors declined to file civil rights charges against him.

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