Baltimore Officials Pressed to Put Citizens on Police Trial Boards

City leaders are under pressure to require the Baltimore Police Department to add civilians to its internal disciplinary panels as part of ongoing labor contract negotiations.

A new state law allows civilians to join the panels for the first time beginning Oct. 1. In Baltimore, the union must agree to the change.

Baltimore’s labor agreement expired last month, and the city’s police union is negotiating with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake‘s administration. It’s unclear how long that process would take, and both sides have agreed not to publicly discuss what’s being negotiated behind closed doors.