ACLU Seeks Records in Alleged Assault by Dover Officer - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

ACLU Seeks Records in Alleged Assault by Dover Officer

Posted: Updated:
Lateef Dickerson is seen on dashcam footage in Dover, putting his hands up as an officer stands behind him with his gun out. (Photo: Dover Police Department) Lateef Dickerson is seen on dashcam footage in Dover, putting his hands up as an officer stands behind him with his gun out. (Photo: Dover Police Department)
Cpl. Thomas Webster IV Cpl. Thomas Webster IV

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking records of communications between the Delaware attorney general's office and Dover city officials about a case in which a dashcam video shows a police officer kicking a man in the face.

The ACLU filed court papers Friday seeking the documents.

The organization sued the city last September over the alleged assault of Lateef Dickerson by Cpl. Thomas Webster IV in 2013. Police last month released a dashcam video showing Webster kicking Dickerson in the face when he was on the ground on his hands and knees.

Dickerson, 30, was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw.

The alleged assault occurred as officers responded to a fight at a service station possibly involving someone with a gun. Charges against Dickerson of assault, theft and resisting arrest were later dropped.

But Dickerson, who has a long criminal history, is scheduled to stand trial in Wilmington later this month on unrelated weapons charges. After rejecting a plea deal last month, he could face life in prison if convicted as a habitual offender on charges related to a burglary in Maryland in which several firearms were stolen.

Meanwhile, Webster, 41, was placed on unpaid leave after being indicted last month for second-degree assault. His attorney has said that further evidence will show that no crime was committed by Webster.

Webster was placed on paid leave in November 2013 pending an internal investigation and a review of the case by then-Attorney General Beau Biden's office, which took the case to a grand jury last year. The grand jury declined to indict Webster, however, and the U.S. Attorney's Office found no violation of Dickerson's civil rights.

But Attorney General Matt Denn, who took office in January, reviewed the case and ordered it be presented to a second grand jury.

The ACLU on Friday filed a notice of a June 17 deposition to obtain records of communications between city officials and Denn's office since Jan. 1.

The judge in the case has scheduled a June 23 teleconference to hear arguments in a dispute over information exchange and disclosure.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Ellendale Man Charged After Traffic Violation Reveals 8 Outstanding Capias Warrants

    Ellendale Man Arrested Following Traffic Violation

    Apr 21, 2018 11:47 PM2018-04-22 03:47:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:51:58 GMT
    An Ellendale man was arrested Saturday after police pulled him over for a traffic violation and found that he had eight outstanding warrants.More
    An Ellendale man was arrested Saturday after police pulled him over for a traffic violation and found that he had eight outstanding warrants. More
  • Horses Spotted Running Through Laurel

    Horses Spotted Running Through Laurel

    Apr 21, 2018 5:22 PM2018-04-21 21:22:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:00:04 GMT
    An unusual siting in Sussex County Saturday as more than a dozen horses were found running through the streets in Laurel.More
    An unusual sighting in Sussex County Saturday as more than a dozen horses were found running through the streets in Laurel. More
  • Draper Family and Friends Clean Up Adopted Highway

    Draper Family and Friends Clean Up Adopted Highway

    Apr 21, 2018 4:50 PM2018-04-21 20:50:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-21 20:51:20 GMT
    SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del.- For the second time this year, longtime WBOC owner Thomas Draper's family and friends cleaned up the highway where he incurred critical injuries that eventually took his life. The roadway--Slaughter Beach Road--has since been adopteMore
    SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del.- For the second time this year, longtime WBOC owner Thomas Draper's family and friends cleaned up the highway where he incurred critical injuries that eventually took his life. The roadway--Slaughter Beach Road--has since been adopteMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Charges Filed in Draper Crash

    Charges Filed in Draper Crash

    Apr 21, 2018 4:42 PM2018-04-21 20:42:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 4:42 PM EDT2018-04-21 20:42:17 GMT
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- A Lewes Man is now facing charges in connection with the accident that fatally wounded longtime WBOC owner Thomas Draper. According to the Delaware Department of Justice, Shawn Armstrong was arrested on January 10th of this year. He iMore
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- A Lewes Man is now facing charges in connection with the accident that fatally wounded longtime WBOC owner Thomas Draper. According to the Delaware Department of Justice, Shawn Armstrong was arrested on January 10th of this year. He iMore
  • Horses Spotted Running Through Laurel

    Horses Spotted Running Through Laurel

    Apr 21, 2018 5:22 PM2018-04-21 21:22:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:00:04 GMT
    An unusual siting in Sussex County Saturday as more than a dozen horses were found running through the streets in Laurel.More
    An unusual sighting in Sussex County Saturday as more than a dozen horses were found running through the streets in Laurel. More
  • Four Arrested Following Walgreens Robbery and Police Chase in Lewes

    Four Arrested Following Walgreens Robbery and Police Chase in Lewes

    Apr 20, 2018 10:45 PM2018-04-21 02:45:00 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:08 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:08:06 GMT
    (Photo Credit: MGN Online)(Photo Credit: MGN Online)
    (Photo Credit: MGN Online)(Photo Credit: MGN Online)
    LEWES, Del. -- Delaware State Police arrestedMore
    Delaware State Police arrested four men early Friday morning after they stole drugs from the Walgreens pharmacy and led police on a chase.  State Police arrestedMore
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices