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Questions Swirl over What Grand Jury Saw in Alleged Brutality Case

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Two grand juries looked at the case of Dover Police Cpl. Thomas Webster. In March 2014 the first declined to press charges. The second one charged Webster with second-degree assault Monday.

Now that Dover PD has released a dash cam video of the alleged incident of police brutality that led to that charge questions have been swirling about what those grand juries saw.

And those are questions unlikely to ever be answered.

WBOC spoke with Nicole Barkley, an assistant dean at Widener University School of Law.

"The information we don't know is what evidence was presented to that first grand jury - Because that is all secret," she said. "We are assuming they all saw the video tape we are all now seeing. We don't know that to be a fact."

That dramatic video shows Cpl. Webster kicking a suspect, since identified as Lateef Dickerson, in the head.

Beau Biden was attorney general at the time of the first grand jury.

Biden is now a lawyer at a firm in Wilmington. WBOC reached out his office for comment but has not received a response.

In 2014 when the first grand jury did not indict Webster a spokesman for Biden told WBOC: "We clearly believe that there is enough evidence to support an indictment."

Current AG Matt Denn told WBOC Tuesday the case had come to his attention last week, and he asked for a second grand jury.

"The trend has been for cases involving police officers across the country they've been convening a grand jury, as opposed to just filing charges," Barkley said. "They don't have to. They can just file charges. The trend has been to convene a grand jury."

Dover PD has not reported any issues stemming from the release of the video.

A single protestor was outside Dover City Hall Friday afternoon with a sign reading, "All life matters to God."

"We had no reports of any incidences. We are very pleased the community has, uh, accepted the video for, uh, the value of the reason we released it," said Mayor Robin Christiansen.

As far as the possibility of protests, the mayor says it's important for people to remember the city will respect their first amendment rights but won't tolerate violence.

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