Cecilia Reyes urged D.A. Richard Brown to put the case before a grand jury. When asked what she wants from the district attorney, Reyes said, “I want justice.”
Polanco, 22, was pulled over in the early morning hours by police officers because he was speeding and swerving while driving eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway.
The officer who shot Polanco, Detective Hassan Hamdy, said he witnessed the victim “lunge” towards something underneath his seat. That was when the officer, who was not in uniform, shot and killed Polanco because he thought he was in danger.
No weapon was found in the car, only a power drill.
However, one of the two passengers in the car said Polanco had his hands on the steering wheel the entire time of the stop, and never lunged.
The District Attorney’s office has opened an investigation into the incident, and in a statement following the meeting with Reyes and her lawyers, Brown said a decision to put the case before a grand jury would be “based solely on the facts and the law.”
“I told them that when we conclude our investigation, I expect that we will present all of the facts to a grand jury,” said Brown.
After the meeting, Reyes said she believes the D.A. is conducting a fair investigation.
“This will give me the peace to understand that they are doing this the correct way, and I want to feel that this is being done the way it should be,” she said.
“We look forward to a grand jury of the people of Queens making a determination with regard to an inquiry,” said Sanford Rubenstein, Reyes’ attorney.
The funeral for Polanco was held on Friday, October 12, at Eternal Love Baptist Church in Queens. Roughly 300 people were in attendance to say goodbye and listen to a eulogy by Reverend Al Sharpton.
“He was a great child,” said Reyes. “I never had any problems with him. He was just a beautiful child.”