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ACLU Sues Dover Over Alleged Police Beating

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Dover and one of its police officers on behalf of a man who claims he was assaulted by the officer.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Wilmington alleges that Cpl. Thomas Webster repeatedly struck Lateef Dickerson without provocation, knocking him unconscious, after responding to a disturbance at a Hess gas station along North Dupont Highway on Aug. 24, 2013.

The lawsuit said the 30-year-old Dickerson, who has a long criminal history, suffered a broken jaw and facial cuts.

The attorney general's office investigated the incident but was unable to obtain an indictment.

The lawsuit claims that Dover police dropped an internal affairs investigation without finding any wrongdoing by Webster.

In a statement, Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat said the department was reviewing the allegations in the lawsuit and that it is confident that the investigation was handled appropriately.


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