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Dover Officer Who Kicked Man in Head Gets $230K

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Cpl. Thomas Webster IV Cpl. Thomas Webster IV

DOVER, Del.- The former Dover police officer acquitted of felony assault is receiving $230,000 as part of his resignation agreement with the city. 

Former Cpl. Thomas Webster IV was found not guilty by a jury in December.

He resigned Tuesday with an effective separation date of June 30, 2016, according to documents obtained Wednesday by WBOC. 

The documents detail the terms of the separation agreement between Webster and the City of Dover. 

The city will continue to pay Webster his salary and benefits which both pay into his pension through his June 30 separation date, according to the separation agreement. 

The city also agrees to pay Webster $230,000 in payments of approximately $40,000 annual for six years beginning January 2017, according to the agreement. 

Both parties said they will not discuss the terms of the agreement or offer any reasons explaining why or how it was reached. 

Dr. Donald Morton of the Complexities of Color Coalition said Wednesday this does not necessarily help advance race relations in Dover. 

"It is a system that produces Officer Webster. That he emerges and is born out of a system," he said. "A system that is particularly broken. And that continues to investigate too much, continues to incarcerate too much."

He also said it is no big victory that Webster resigned.

"Because that usually means something, right? And in this instance, it simply means he gets the chance to retire. He gets a chance to retire handsomely," he said. 

The incident in question was captured on video by a Dover Police Department in-car camera system.

The jury acquitted Webster of all charges on Dec. 8. 

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