- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has reached a settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guardsman killed by police during a Queens traffic stop.

The Daily News says the city will pay $2.5 million to the family of Noel Polanco.

The family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said in a statement “This is a fair settlement for damages for the wrongful death of a fine young soldier who should not have died the way he did.”

Polanco was shot Oct. 4 by Emergency Service Unit Detective Hassan Hamdy through an open passenger window because he believed Polanco was reaching under the seat.

A grand jury cleared Hamdy of criminal wrongdoing. The Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office also reviewed the incident and concluded the detective did not intentionally violate the victim’s civil rights.

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