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Sources: NYPD Officer Cleared in Deadly Traffic Stop Will Face Dept. Charges

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Sources tell NY1 the city police officer who shot a National Guardsman to death on the Grand Central Parkway has been hit with departmental charges.

Detective Hassan Hamdy shot and killed Noel Polanco, 22, during a traffic stop in October 2012.

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.

But now published reports say the NYPD has charged Hamdy with "failure to employ proper tactics that caused a civilian’s death."

They also say a sergeant on the scene is charged with failing to supervise his team.

Polanco's family sued the city over his death and later settled for $2.5 million.

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