A Delaware Officer has finally been charged with assault after he was recorded on dash cam video brutally kicking a man in the face, knocking him out and breaking his jaw.
Recorded by another officer’s dashboard camera, the video shows Dover Cpl. Thomas Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson in the face without provocation when Dickerson who is seen complying with the officers commands to get on the ground, gets down on his hands and knees.
The video, recorded in August 2013, was released Thursday by Dover police after a federal judge ruled last week that it was no longer considered confidential. The judge’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the suspect by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Dickerson, 30, was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw, police said in a news release Monday after Webster was charged.
Webster, 41, was arrested Monday and placed on unpaid leave after a grand jury indicted him for second-degree assault. A previous grand jury declined to indict Webster in March 2014, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, after reviewing the case, found no violation of Dickerson’s civil rights.
The ACLU subsequently sued Dover police on Dickerson’s behalf.
“We believe that the video demonstrates the need for large-scale reform of the Dover Police Department, specifically improvements to their use of force and internal affairs practices, and supervision of their officers,” said Kathleen MacRae, executive director of the ACLU of Delaware.
“The people of Dover have a right to know about this incident and deserve a dialogue with law enforcement about how they can create a safe and equitable Dover community for all.”