BART police chief talks about officer's shooting

BART'S police chief announced a series of changes after last week's deadly shooting of an officer by friendly fire.
January 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
BART'S police chief has announced a series of changes after last week's deadly shooting of an officer, by friendly fire, but the chief didn't clear up the mystery of exactly what happened.

BART Chief Kenton Rainey announced the change that officers need to get written permission from a supervisor before doing a warrant search on a residence. He did take questions, but did not reveal much new in terms of the investigation. The chief did say he is asking for federal help in reviewing his department's training, policies and procedures around the type of operation that cost Sgt. Tom Smith his life.

"That would be very trouble for me, but I would have to see what was the reason," said Rainey.

Without confirming whether it's true, Rainey did tell reporters he would be upset if the two uniformed officers inside the apartment where Smith was killed had not activated their body cameras.

"As far as whether the cameras were on or off, we do have a policy regarding what expectations we have when our personnel are required to have those cameras on," said Rainey.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, their sources claim the two uniformed officers inside the Dublin apartment last Tuesday had lapel cameras, but did not activate them. Rainey would also not comment on whether the officer who fired the shot that killed Smith did so out of fear for his safety, also reported in the Chronicle.

"Those tough questions will be asked and answered and we will not hide from the truth," said Rainey.

Rainey also asked the U.S. Department of Justice for help -- a review of training and procedures related to use of force, administration of body camera system and search procedures of persons and residences and the Fourth Amendment.

"Det. Maes has an extensive background in the area of criminal investigations," said Rainey.

Finally, the chief officially released the name of the officer who fired the shot -- Detective Michael Maes. He is a 26-year law enforcement veteran. He is now on administrative leave.

Smith's funeral is Wednesday in Castro Valley.

Services for Sgt. Tommy Smith are open to the public. His viewing will take place tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. Sergeant Smith's funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Neighborhood Church on John Drive in Castro Valley. That church is also known as Three Crosses Church.


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