An Army reservist with a clean record was fatally shot in his car by an NYPD detective early Thursday — before he even had “a chance to put his hands up” in surrender, a witness told the Daily News.Polanco may have been driving under the influence - he had been served alcohol before he got in the car to drive his friends home.
Noel Polanco, 22, was killed on the Grand Central Parkway in what witness Diane DeFerrari called an act of “pure road rage” following a terrifying chase by cops in an unmarked vehicle.
“Noel didn't have a chance to put his hands up. They screamed, ‘Put up your hands!’ and shot at the same time,” said DeFerrari, a 36-year-old bartender who was riding in the front passenger seat. “It was simultaneous. There was a pop and Noel gasped.”
“They acted in pure road rage,” she added.
Nonetheless, nothing in the accounts that have surfaced so far suggest he should have been killed by the NYPD.
And yet he was.
Another unarmed person shot and killed by the NYPD.
When will Mayor Bloomberg's personal army be reined in?
When will Bloomberg and Ray Kelly be held to account for these murders?