Monday, October 08, 2012

Detective Who Shot Unarmed Man On GCP Previously Accused Of Misconduct

Hassan Hamdy is a Muslim name

Family, friends and authorities are still trying to determine why an NYPD detective fatally shot and killed an unarmed driver on the Grand Central Parkway on Thursday.

It continued to be the big question Friday as the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown opened a criminal investigation into the killing of 22-year-old Army reservist Noel Polanco. He died from a bullet fired by 39-year-old detective Hassan Hamdy, who also has military ties with a stint in the Marines.

Hamdy said nothing when CBS 2 cameras spotted him outside his Long Island home. The DA’s office is working with the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Division to investigate the incident, CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider reported.

Police Commissioner Kelly met with Polanco’s mother Friday night at her Queens residence to express his condolences.

Hamdy’s 14 years with the NYPD have been marked by moments of bravery. In May, Hamdy went into a burning apartment to search for victims.

Four years ago, he helped negotiate the surrender of a man who attacked a neighbor with a machete and threw firebombs at police, but Hamdy has also been accused of misconduct.

He was one of 16 cops in a 1999 excessive force case, which was settled for almost $300,000. Hamdy is also one of six cops who was sued in 2007 by Dorothy Garcia and her grandson, Tyrell.

“I know that they were very aggressive,” Garcia told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

The Garcias claimed police abused Tyrell Garcia, including kicking, punching and hitting him with their guns, during an arrest on a minor violation.

According to the 2007 lawsuit, Hamdy was part of group of cops who grabbed Garcia and dragged his body across a chain link fence.

Attorney Fred Lichtmacher said the city paid $235,000 to settle that case.

The lawyer said he was not surprised to learn Hamdy was involved in the Grand Central Parkway shooting.

“Why wouldn’t an officer involved in a case earlier be involved in another incident? The NYPD doesn’t do anything. They don’t discipline their officers for most things they do,” Lichtmacher told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

The Police Department strongly disputed such a notion and promised a full investigation into what Hamdy did in the moments leading up to the fatal shooting.

Sources told CBS 2 the team of officers that pulled over Polanco was made up of a total of nine members of the NYPD force. They’d just come from executing a warrant for narcotics in the south Bronx.

Meanwhile, Polanco‘s mother said she wants justice for her son, who police said was pulled over for driving erratically on the Grand Central Parkway.

Polanco’s mother, Cecilia Reyes, said her son had no criminal record and didn’t deserve to be shot by a cop.

Original report here

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