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Gary Gee served as BART’s fourth Chief of Police from December 2000 until he retired in December 2009. Gee was with the department for nearly 37 years. He was hired in the early 1970s as an officer with the department after serving 5 and a half years as a police officer in Sausalito and San Rafael.

He was in charge of the department on Jan. 1, 2009, when former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed unarmed passenger Oscar Grant — an incident captured by video recorders and widely disseminated through local television and on the internet.

Gee and BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger would face weeks and months of widespread ridicule from the public and even BART personnel stemming from the incident. His leadership during the Grant incident was roundly criticized in a third party analysis that looked into the shooting death.

Even rank-and-file BART Police officers issued a no-confidence vote in Gee’s leadership.

A independent review done on the incident and BART Police assigned responsibility for the bungled response to the Grant incident and improper training for officers within the department.

Gee would announce his retirement from the force days before that report would be released. He left the agency on Dec. 30, 2009.

In interviews with local media, Gee acknowledged that the Grant shooting would probably mark his law enforcement legacy.

But his contributions — and fierce loyalty — to BART Police spanned nearly four decades. Until the Grant shooting, he held a polished reputation within the department and among Bay Area law enforcement. In his office, he had a framed collection of police shoulder patches from around the state and country — a testament to his commitment to public safety and service, colleagues said.

Gee oversaw a department of 206 sworn BART Police personnel and was an integral part in devising anti-terrorism policies for the transit agency following the September 11th attacks.

He was also one of the first Asian Americans in the country to lead a law enforcement organization.

Gee, now in retirement, was succeeded by Daschel Butler, a former Berkeley Police officer, while a search for his permanent replacement continues.

Information compiled from Beat research and news services

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By California Beat | 16 Jun 2010 | No Comments]
Kenton Rainey

After five long arduous months, the BART Police Department finally welcomed its new chief to the force Wednesday, ending a nationwide search for a top-cop to lead an embattled police agency that continues to deal with fallout from a fatal videotaped officer-involved shooting of an unarmed train passenger on January 1, 2009.

Kenton Rainey, 51, officially took the reins of BART Police after successfully completing a vetting process by the agency, the transit district said today. He was offered the position in May.

BART Police Shooting, The Bay Area »

[By Jennifer Courtney | 13 May 2010 | One Comment]
Kenton Rainey

(5/12) — 10:45 PDT — OAKLAND, CALIF. — BART has chosen Kenton Rainey, a former police chief for the city of Fairfield, as its next police chief, the Beat has learned.

Rainey, 51, is currently a commander with the San Antonio Police Department in Texas. He left his position with the Fairfield Police Department in July 2009, to accept the San Antonio position. He was selected for the Fairfield job in 2007, becoming the first police chief in that city to come from outside the department.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 19 Aug 2009 | No Comments]

In what is being called a harsh indictment of the BART Police Department’s policies and protocols, the law firm hired by the transit agency to do a top-down review of the New Year’s morning incident that resulted in a transit agency police officer shooting and killing an unarmed passenger delivered a stinging critique that slammed the department’s poor handing of the situation.

The report, submitted by East Bay-based Meyers Nave slammed the agency’s police officers who responded to the incident saying they failed to follow protocol, didn’t communicate with one another, and unnecessarily escalated tension on the Fruitvale Station platform which ultimately led to the shooting death of Oscar Grant.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By California Beat | 16 Aug 2009 | No Comments]

In what is another glaring headline — buried underneath news of a potential strike by BART workers — the agency’s beleagured police chief Gary Gee announced that he was retiring from the department this week effective Dec. 30, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

Gee’s departure comes amid lingering criticism of his leadership over the New Year’s morning videotaped killing of Oscar Grant, 22, at the Fruitvale BART station by former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 8 Jun 2009 | No Comments]

A redesign of the BART Police logo that removed the word “BART” from it is drawing fire from transit board members and critics of the embattled law enforcement agency.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the new logo is being sewn onto officers’ uniforms this week. It only includes the term “police” across the top of the shield, and more subdued “Bay Area Rapid Transit” lettering surrounds a state of California seal.

Given the extreme public backlash that the BART Police Dept. has received in the wake of the Oscar Grant shooting incident, where a transit agency police officer was captured on numerous video cameras shooting and killing an unarmed passenger as he laid on a train station platform, the patch redesign is being met with outrage.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 21 Apr 2009 | One Comment]

UPDATED 04/22 23:37 PDT: Response from No Justice No BART protest group included.

New bans and prohibitions for anyone hoping to attend a BART Board of Directors meeting were made public Monday, a move that is viewed as a direct response to a series of tense meetings between angry Oscar Grant shooting protesters and transit agency brass that saw red paint being splattered on BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger two weeks ago.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 3 Mar 2009 | 4 Comments]

The attorney for the family of a man shot and killed by a BART Police Officer at the Fruitvale BART station New Year’s morning in East Oakland has filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

John Burris, who represents the family of Oscar Grant, 22, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Oakland Monday morning on behalf of the slain man’s mother, Wanda Johnson and the mother of Grant’s four year-old daughter.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 15 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments]

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson ordered that a gag order remain in place in the murder case against former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle — the man seen on home videotape shooting and killing an unarmed train passenger as he was being subdued on a platform New Year’s morning.

Jacobson, who was angered by the release of names of witnesses and other information pertaining to the case by Mehserle’s defense attorney Michael Rains, barred prosecutors and the former officer’s legal counsel during a Friday afternoon hearing from speaking with reporters about the New Year’s morning shooting.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 13 Feb 2009 | No Comments]

A BART Board of Directors meeting descending into chaos Thursday morning after protesters — angry over the transit agency’s handling of the New Year’s morning shooting and killing of Oscar Grant by one of their police officers – seized control of the event and demanded the resignation of top BART brass and the arrest of a second transit officer caught on videotape punching Grant minutes before he was killed.

Protesters and local elected and religious leaders packed the morning meeting at BART headquarters in Downtown Oakland to discuss the creation of a police review committee which would oversee complaints and misconduct, but the demonstrators quickly began voicing their anguish over the handling of the investigation process by the transit agency and called on the Board to fire Transit Police Chief Gary Gee and General Manager Dorothy Dugger.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 12 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments]

BART officials announced Wednesday that an independent third-party law firm has been hired by the transit agency to conduct an internal investigation into the New Year’s morning events where a BART police officer killed an unarmed passenger on a station platform in front of hundreds of train passengers, some of them videotaping the entire incident.

The law firm, East Bay-based Meyers Nave, will be paid $150,000 to take over the transit agency’s probe of the highly publicized incident as it struggles to earn back public confidence after being slammed by angry community officials, elected officials and law enforcement experts for over a month.