JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Concerns about a racial discrimination lawsuit have stalled the confirmation of Missouri’s public safety director, who was appointed shortly after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The governor appointed former St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom II to take over the Department of Public Safety in August, three weeks after a white police officer fatally shot Brown, who was black, in Ferguson.
Isom, who is black, was appointed amid criticism for the lack of diversity among department leaders. But a Senate a panel has delayed the confirmation of Isom’s appointment.
A federal jury in 2013 awarded a white police sergeant $420,000 in punitive damages over his claim that a black woman was wrongly promoted over him. The jury levied $20,000 in damages against Isom, who has appealed.