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Dover Officer Returns on Paid Leave after Acquitted of Assault Charges

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DOVER, Del.- Dover Police Officer Thomas Webster will return to the police department on paid administrative leave Sunday.

This comes about a week after a jury acquitted Webster of assault for a 2013 incident, when he kicked suspect Lateef Dickerson in the head while responding to a fight.

Dover Police say before returning to full duty, department policy requires psychological evaluation for any officer involved in the use of deadly force that results in injury.

Chief Paul Bernat reminded community members and elected officials that Delaware state law and Dover Police Department directives require that Cpl. Webster be afforded due process, including a hearing before a board of Captains, prior to any adverse employment action, including termination.

The Dover Police Department has already completed its internal investigation and dealt with this incident independently of the concurrent criminal proceedings," said Chief Bernat.  "As a law enforcement officer, Cpl. Webster is afforded rights under state law, and the Dover Police Department must abide by the law as well as its obligations under Dover Police Department directives.  While the Dover Police Department has treated this incident with the utmost seriousness, Cpl. Webster's right to return to his job after having been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing must be honored."

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