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Cop Awarded $230K After Punting an Innocent Man’s Head Like a Football on Video

Dover, DE – Caught on dash cam video kicking a compliant man in the face and breaking his jaw, a police corporal announced his resignation from the department after the city agreed to pay him $230,000 over the next six years. Although the ex-cop is prohibited from returning to work at the Dover Police Department, the agreement does not prevent him from seeking employment with other law enforcement agencies.

In August 2013, Cpl. Thomas Webster of the Dover Police Department was captured on police dash cam video appearing behind Lateef Dickerson and kicking the back of his legs. Ordered to get on the ground, Dickerson began complying with the officers’ orders when Cpl. Webster suddenly kicked him in the head without provocation, fracturing his jaw and knocking him unconscious. Initially charged with resisting arrest, the charges against Dickerson were later dropped after reviewing the dash cam footage.

Charged with felony and misdemeanor assault, Webster was found not guilty in December after testifying that he had intended to kick Dickerson in the body, not his face. On Tuesday, the Dover Police Department accepted Webster’s resignation following weeks of secret negotiations.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Dover Police Department announced, “Following his acquittal, the City and then Cpl. Webster entered into discussions concerning the continued employment of Cpl. Webster. Those discussions resulted in an amicable end to Cpl. Webster’s employment relationship with the City, and he submitted his voluntary resignation to the Dover Police Department. While the resignation was immediately accepted such that former officer Webster is no longer a Dover Police Officer, his official date of separation from service will be June 30, 2016.”

According to the terms of Webster’s separation agreement, which was released on Wednesday, the former police corporal is barred from seeking employment with the Dover Police Department or any other job with the Dover city government. But the agreement does not prohibit Webster from getting hired at another police department or law enforcement agency.

Besides contributing to Webster’s pension, salary, and benefits through June 30, 2016, the city also agreed to pay him $230,000 delivered in six payments between 2017 and 2022. Although Webster and the city refuse to discuss how they reached the terms of their agreement, one of the stipulations does release both parties of “all claims, demands, and liabilities.”

“I do have a concern because of the fact that he’s voluntarily resigning, whether or not he’ll be able to serve in other municipalities. I’m hoping he will not. I was really hoping he would be terminated,” the Rev. Rita Page, pastor at Star Hill AME Church, recently told The News Journal. “We’re not settling for injustices. We’re going to keep the pressure on until justice is served.”

Despite the fact that the police corporal was caught on video using excessive force to subdue a compliant person, Webster was not only acquitted of the assault charges but also received $230,000 to prevent him from suing the city. Although he can no longer work for the Dover Police Department, Webster is still eligible for a job at any other police department across the nation. Instead of discouraging cops from using unnecessary force, Webster has become a prime example of the two-tiered justice system operating within this country.


Andrew Emett is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, Activist Post, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

  • Gus Firchow

    Exactly the kind of sociopath the San Diego Sheriff’s Dept. likes to recruit. Any law enforcement in San Diego County for that matter.

  • jamesawyatt

    THE FILING OF SUITS SIMILAR TO CLASS ACTIONS OF THE PAST WHICH MADE FORTUNES FOR THOSE INVOLVED FROM THE DEFENDANTS; THAT NOW NEEDED OT BE CONSIDERED AGAINST THE INDIVIDUAL OFFICER, THOSE WHO HIRED THEM WITHOUT THOROUGH VETTING AND ALSO THE MUNICIPALITIES THAT EMPLOY THEM:

    AS LONG AS BUREAUCRATS ARE ALLOWED TO HIRE WITH LITTLE OR NO SUPERVISION THOSE WHO SEEK TO BE EMPLOYED AS COPS, MANY OF WHOM HAVE A HISTORY OF BEING BULLIES GOING BACK THROUGH THEIR CHILDHOOD AND WHO SEEK THIS MEANS OF FURTHERING THEY’RE BULLYING LUST NOW ARMED WITH IMPRESSIVE UNIFORM, SHINY NEW BADGE AND DEADLY WEAPONS AND WITH THE PRESUMPTIONS THAT THEY NOW HAVE A LICENSE TO BEAT, CRIPPLE AND SHOOT WHENEVER AND WHOMEVER THEY PLEASE,
    ATROCITIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE NORM AND WILL BE EXPECTED TO GROW AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE.

    IT IS FOREVER HOPED THAT ONE OR MORE LAW FIRMS WILL RISE TO THE OBVIOUS NEED AND COME INTO BEING THAT WILL RELENTLESSLY UNDERTAKE THE FILING OF SUITS AND NOT
    ONLY AGAINST THE INVOLVED JURISDICTION AND THE INDIVIDUAL ROGUE COP OR COPS BUT ALSO THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE HIRING OF THE COP OR COPS; THE IMPRESSION ALWAYS BEING THAT THESE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HIRING AND THUS ARE AS GUILTY AS THE INVOLVED ROGUE COP(S) & THEY HAVE TO BE FACED WITH THE HARSH REALITY BY HAVING LEVIED AGAINST EACH AND EVERY OFFENDER HUGH AWARDS/FINES; NOT JUST LEVIED ON THE JURISDICTION, I.E. THE CITY, COUNTY, STATE OR FEDS . . . BUT ALSO AGAINST EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL INVOLVED IN THE HIRING WITH LITTLE OR NO VETTING . . . AS WELL AS THE ROGUE COP OR COPS THEMSELVES AS THAT INDIVIDUALLY ; THE AWARDS TO BE PAID OUT OF POCKET BY THE INDIVIDUALS’; THEIR INDIVIDUAL PRORATED AWARD SHARE PAYMENT REQUIRED TO BE MADE OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS

    AND ONLY A PRORATED SHARE BY THE JURISDICTION AS WHAT THE JURISDICTION PAYS WILL INVARIABLY COME OUT OF THE POCKETS OF THAT JURISDICTION’S TAX PAYERS UNLESS THAT IS BY SOME MEANS PROHIBITED.

    STIFF PENALTIES IN THE FORM OF HUGE FINANCIAL JUDGEMENT AWARDS SHOULD GO A LONG, LONG WAY IN FOSTERING AN AWARENESS BY THESE WHO HAVE ESCAPED
    ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SO, SO LONG OF THE POTENTIALLY VERY EXPENSIVE FOLLY OF THEIR IRRESPONSIBLE ACTIONS WHICH RESULTS IN SO MUCH SUFFERING AND MANY TIME
    CRIPPLING INJURIES AND/OR DEATH.

    • jamesawyatt

      SORELY NEED IS A CONFEDERATION OF THE VERY BEST PLAINTIFF ATTORNEYS THROUGH OUT THE NATION, THAT WILL – WILLINGLY AND IMMEDIATELY – FILE SUIT ON THE USUAL CONTINGENCY FEE BASIC FOR THE ORDINARY CIVIL SUITS, THAT IN BEHALF OF THESE VICTIMS OF GOON POLICE GONE WILD BRUTALITY; THESE PROPOSED SUITS MUCH LIKE THE CLASS-ACTIONS FILED IN THE PAST AGAINST ABUSERS; FINANCIAL PENALTIES APPARENTLY THE ONLY PUNISHMENT THAT THESE ROGUE COPS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND; THOSE SUITS SHOULD BE DIRECTED INITIALLY AGAINS THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE INVOLVED OR WHO WERE PRESENT AND DID NOT INTERVENE . . . . AND ONLY THEN BRING A SEPARATE SUIT EXCLUSIVELY AGAINST THEIR INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS; I.E. THE CITY, COUNTY, STATE; WHERE EVER THE HIRING AND CONTROL REST

  • Adrian Lj

    you all know how it is , one law for them and another for us …..

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    should place in jail and give learn him lesson.!❎

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    .50 CENTS WORTH OF AMMO WOULD FIX THAT COCKSUCKER FOR GOOD. DO IT

  • Guy Kelley

    Perhaps, we could all form a line and ask this sad excuse of a human being, to bend over as we take a whack at his head with our right boot.

    I feel sorry for his kids and wife, he must rule his home with absolute terror, sort of like Warren Jeffs, the perv who was having sex with 12 yr olds and passing around multiple wives in Utah.

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