This woman’s son was shot by police when they pulled him over after he allegedly cut them off on a NYC highway. Everyone in the car, including an off-duty police officer, was unarmed. The NYPD has offered no explanation for why the officer fired the fatal bullet.
This sort of thing seems to happen a lot in NYC, and the victims are usually black or Hispanic.
The two police trucks forced Mr. Polanco to stop after one truck went in front of the Honda while the second truck maneuvered behind. After the car stopped, along a median of the busy highway, two officers approached the car, a sergeant at the driver’s side and the detective at the passenger’s side where the windows were open, the police said.
Ms. Deferrari later told the police that she had heard the officers order those inside the car to show their hands. In an interview, she said that Mr. Polanco had no time to comply and that, in that instant, the detective, Hassan Hamdy, 39, fired the shot. Ms. Deferrari said she believed the shooting was the result of a case of police road rage.
No weapons were found inside Mr. Polanco’s car, the police said.
Complete newspaper article here. Does shooting someone like this count as police ‘brutality’ I wonder..?