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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Dover Police corporal who was acquitted of assaulting a suspect in 2013 has been hired at a Maryland police department, pending state training and certification.

Town Manager Jeannette DeLude tells the Delaware State News Thomas W. Webster IV, of Delaware, is in the process of becoming the Town of Greensboro's fourth police officer. DeLude says Webster was the most qualified applicant.

There will be no expunging the arrest record of former Dover police officer Thomas Webster IV on assault charges in his arrest Lateef Dickerson.

WBOC reports that a judge last week said the Webster had not shown that he would be subject to an injustice but did allow him to submit a petition with specific allegations.

In August of 2013 Webster was seen on a dash cam video kicking Dickerson when he was slow to follow his command to lay down on the ground.

Dickerson suffered a broken jaw as a result.

James Liguori, attorney for Webster for former Dover police officer Thomas Webster, is asking the Delaware Department of Justice to investigate Chief Paul Bernat in the internal investigation of his police abuse case.

He charges that the chief’s conduct was “unprofessional, disingenuous and sneaky.”  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the internal investigation recommended no action be taken in the 2013 incident in which Webster was seen on a dash cam kicking Lateef Dickerson in the head.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover officials have agreed to pay $230,000 to a city police officer who was acquitted of assault after kicking a suspect in the head.

The payment was outlined in a settlement agreement executed this week that included Cpl. Thomas Webster IV's immediate resignation. The Associated Press obtained the agreement Wednesday through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover police officer who was acquitted of assault after kicking a suspect in the head has resigned.

City officials said Tuesday that Cpl. Thomas Webster IV's resignation is effective immediately, but his official date of separation will be June 30.

Officials described Webster's resignation as a "negotiated separation." They did not provide details.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A man seen on a dashboard camera video being kicked in the head by a Delaware police officer has been arrested on gun charges.

State police say Lateef Dickerson and two other men were taken into custody Thursday morning in Newark after police stopped the vehicle in which he was riding following a traffic violation.

Police found a .32 caliber revolver in a bag on the rear seat of the car. All three men were charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a man who suffered a broken jaw when he was kicked in the head by a Dover police officer.

Attorneys for the ACLU, Dover, and Cpl. Thomas Webster IV filed a stipulation of dismissal last week.

Neither the stipulation nor Monday's order approving the dismissal contained details on the settlement.

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Dover Police Officer Thomas Webster IV may have been acquitted of assault charges against Lateef Dickerson but the City Council heard residents telling them they don’t want him back on the force.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of those who spoke last night said his reinstatement would raise questions of trust between the community and the police department.

While Webster was found not guilty many in the African American community believe that the dashcam video which showed him kicking Dickerson in the jaw demonstrated the use of excessive force.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A white police officer seen on video kicking a black suspect in the head and breaking his jaw has been acquitted of assault in Delaware.

A jury deliberated over three days before acquitting Dover police Cpl. Thomas Webster IV on Tuesday.

Webster testified he didn't intend to kick Lateef Dickerson in the head in the 2013 encounter and was aiming for his upper body. Webster also said he feared for his safety and that of others because officers were told Dickerson had a gun - and that he was slow to comply with repeated commands to get on the ground.

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There is no verdict yet in the trial of Cpl. Thomas Webster on assault charges for a 2013 incident in which he kicked suspect Lateef Dickerson in the jaw.

A dashcam video shows Dickerson who is black down on his hands at the time but not completely prone when Webster who is white struck him.  

The 12 member jury began deliberations last Friday as outside the courthouse a hand full of people stood with cardboard signs.