Attorneys for Baltimore have selected a new panel of outside police officials to preside over the disciplinary trials of three city police officers in the Freddie Gray case.
The newly selected officials, all from Prince George's County, were chosen after defense counsel for the Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White challenged a previously selected panel of outside officials following a training city attorneys and police commanders had with them behind closed doors.
The officers' attorneys argued the meeting violated the officers' rights to due process in a court hearing earlier this week. At the hearing, City Solicitor Andre Davis agreed to replace the panel.
Davis said the new panel members are Assistant Sheriff Orlando Barnes, of the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, and three majors from the Prince George's County Police Department: Brian Reilly, Rosa Quixen, and Melvin Powell.
Goodson, Rice and White, all involved in the 2015 arrest of Gray in which he suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, each face termination in their internal disciplinary trials. They were cleared of criminal wrongdoing or had charges against them dropped.
The trials are scheduled over the next two months. Goodson is first, at the end of this month.