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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.

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 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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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.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Jurors have resumed deliberations in the trial of a white Delaware police officer charged with assault after breaking a black suspect's jaw with a kick.
Jurors reconvened Monday after deliberating several hours Friday in the trial of Dover officer Thomas Webster IV.
A handful of protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse, with signs saying "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice Now."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A white police officer who broke a black suspect's jaw with a kick says he was aiming for the man's upper body, not his head.

Dover police officer Thomas Webster IV testified Thursday in his felony assault trial.

Webster testified that Lateef Dickerson was slow to comply with repeated police commands to get on the ground. Webster also said he was scared and feared for his safety and others' safety because officers were told that Dickerson was armed with a gun.

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The prosecution has rested in the case of a Dover police officer after its final witness told the court that there was no justification for Cpl. Thomas Webster to kick Lateef Dickerson in the head knocking him unconscious.

Use-of-force expert Ron Martinelli said after examining the dash cam video and other evidence there was no cause for Webster’s actions during the 2013 arrest.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that over the last two days the prosecutor called six witnesses and has parsed the less than 20 second of dash cam video from another officer’s patrol car.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Use of force reports and personnel evaluations suggest that Dover police knew that a white officer charged with assaulting a black suspect in 2013 by kicking him in the head had a predilection for using unwarranted physical force.

The attorney for Cpl. Thomas Webster IV says prosecutors should not be allowed to use the internal police records at Webster's trial next week.

Police dashcam video shows Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson while Dickerson was on his hands and knees, breaking his jaw.