Hundreds Turn Out to Say Goodbye to Fallen BART Officer

The funeral services were held today in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY, Ca: Funeral for BART Sgt. Tommy Smith.
CASTRO VALLEY, Ca: Funeral for BART Sgt. Tommy Smith.
By Bay City News—

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from all over California have converged on a Castro Valley church this morning to attend the funeral of fallen BART police Sgt. Tommy Smith.

A long procession of police cars and motorcycles streamed to the church for the 10 a.m. service at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley, where Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris are scheduled to speak.

Smith was accidentally shot by a fellow officer while they and several colleagues were conducting a probation search at an apartment in Dublin on Jan. 21. The officer who fired the shot, Michael Maes, planned to attend the funeral.

Law enforcement agencies from throughout the state and beyond sent officers to Castro Valley this morning to show support for Smith and his loved ones.

Placer County sheriff's Lt. Andrew Scott said he and about six of his colleagues came out today to pay their respects and "recognize the sacrifices" Smith and other officers make every day.

He said the sheriff's office tries to send members to officer funerals when they can. They attended several last year, and this is the first this year, he said.

Numerous Bay Area police departments sent officers, as did agencies from outside the region, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the West Sacramento Police Department.

Among those filing into the church this morning was attorney Michael Rains, who defended BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle in the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale BART station on New Year's Day 2009.

Smith was an investigator assigned to that case, and Rains said he found Smith to be a "credible guy and a very honorable guy."

After this morning's service, there will be a flyover by three California Highway Patrol helicopters.

Smith, 42, lived in San Ramon with his wife, BART police K-9 Officer Kellie Smith, and their 6-year-old daughter. A viewing was held on Tuesday evening at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

Contributions can be made to Smith's family by donating to the Tommy Smith Memorial fund at any Wells Fargo bank branch. Donors should reference account #5148561086 under the name of Kellie Smith.

Donations can also be mailed to the Tommy Smith Memorial Fund c/o
Wells Fargo, 11020 Bollinger Canyon Road, Suite 1, San Ramon, CA, 94582.

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Desert Rat February 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Are you completely devoid of reading comprehension Ken? The shot was an accidental discharge. The shooter wasn't intentionally shooting at something else, or at his co-worker. I suspect it is likely that he had his finger on the trigger during the search, which is not good practice, and he stumbled or in some other way squeezed his finger and discharged his weapon. It is called an accident for a reason. As for working, that police officer has also had his life ruined. Unintentionally he killed a fellow officer. This will no doubt probably cause him to resign and/or seek extensive therapy. His fellow officers also know that accidents happen. It is common to hear of our military members killed in training accidents and friendly fire as well. I suppose you think we should crucify all those involved in those incidents as well?
Ken Briggs February 15, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Desert Rat how the hell can you say accidental dascharge ? that means that this cop shoots at anything that moves with out looking or know what he was doing . so where is this cow boy cop going to work at now , sure the hell would not want him around if he is going to shoot first and then say sorry . after all the apartment was no one in it til the cow boy cop and the rest of the friends were in the place, so his ass knew that only cops were in the place ,so how the hell can it be a friendly fire . he knew what he was doing .
anon February 17, 2014 at 09:54 PM
BTW, "willis" replied to my comment that the reason why there is a lot of pomp and circumstance is because "sign up and volunteer to do things the general public will not do". Uh, no they don't. They are paid a ton of money, it is not volunteer work. They are paid. Volunteers are not paid at all, let alone very lavishly, 100-150K a year and with lifetime pensions and benefits that increase every year until assuming the recipient lives the normal life span, they can earn far more in retirement than they did while working...millions of dollars worth of pension payments. So please, do not insult our intelligence by suggesting the honor, the pomp and fanfare for this "fallen officer" is because he "volunteered". He was not a volunteer, but a highly paid sworn officer. So let's try this again....its annoying, that there is all this pomp and circumstance, and use of official equipment and resources, put into a death that while in the line of duty, wasn't connected to the apprehension of a suspect (just a search of an apartment), and was caused by another police officer! It baffles the mind - where are the ostentatious funerals using the same public resources for regular citizens who are gunned down "accidentally" by cops? Or shot by cops and then the slaying is later ruled "justifiable" simply because the officer claimed they "feared for their life"....often a claim that has no supporting evidence other than the officer's testimony...this happens even when the slain citizen wasn't even armed! Where are the CHP helicopter fly-overs for all those people?
Desert Rat February 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM
If you think $100k a year is lavish, get on down and sign up to work. By the way, I suppose you feel the same for our military folks right? We should dig up all the tax payer sponsored cemeteries for our fallen warriors and turn that valuable land into condos or strip malls right? I mean, military members volunteer and then get paid. We should ignore their needs since they made their beds, let them sleep in them right? Or perhaps we should tear down the Lincoln or Washington monument. After all, they were paid for their public service. And it goes without saying that we should not have a Presidents day off work to honor people who get paid to be president. Nor should we have any other holiday off that honors anybody who might have gotten any reimbursement for any service at any time. The only people worth anything in this world are those that sacrifice for free right?
Desert Rat February 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM
As for Briggs, I give up. Your reading comprehension is nil.


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