The Queens District Attorney on Thursday told the mother of an unarmed motorist who was fatally shot last week by a New York City Police detective that a grand jury will likely be convened to determine if any criminal charges should be filed.
In a 30-minute meeting with Cecilia Reyes and her two attorneys, District Attorney Richard Brown “advised us that it is likely that a grand jury will hear this case” in the shooting death of National Guardsman Noel Polanco, attorney Sanford Rubenstein said.
In a statement, Brown said while the investigation is in its early stages, “I told [Polanco’s family] that when we conclude our investigation I expect that we will present all of the facts to the grand jury.”
A law-enforcement official said that this is the most delicate investigation involving an NYPD shooting in Queens since Sean Bell was shot and killed by police the night before his wedding in 2006.
Not all police-involved shootings go to a grand jury, and there is no time frame for when a decision will be made to convene a grand jury.