Following last week’s police shootings in Dallas, the department has announced funeral and burial plans for several of the fallen officers.
Sgt. Michael J. Smith was among five officers gunned down in the line of duty by a sniper following a peaceful protest last Thursday.
The 56 year old had served the police department for 28 years, most recently at the North Central subdivision.
His funeral services will be held Thursday at noon at The Watermark Church just outside Lake Highlands, near LBJ and Central Expressway.
Burial services will follow the funeral at Restland‘s Public Safety Memorial Gardens. The Lake Highlands area cemetery has a memorial page set up for the Dallas Police officers who lost their lives last week, where visitors can leave messages.
In other parts of town, funerals for Officer Brent Thompson and Sr. Corporal Lorne Ahrens have been set for Wednesday.
Arrangements for police officers Michael Krol and Patricio Zamarripa are pending.
Police Chief David Brown continues to answer questions about the investigation today.
A candlelight vigil for the fallen policemen will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at Dallas City Hall.
President Obama Tuesday “will speak at an interfaith ceremony honoring our fallen officers,” police announced today. “The private event will be held at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. He will also meet privately with the families of the fallen police officers and those who were injured.”
The announcement continues, “For security reasons, we are unable to list specific downtown street closures, but drivers should expect significant delays tonight and tomorrow. Dallas Police and the Streets Department strongly recommend that residents plan their workday accordingly by flexing their time; arriving and leaving earlier or later in the day if possible.”