Delaware police chief cleared in altered officer force memo

Dashcam video shows a Dover officer kicking a suspect in the head in 2013. (photo via Dover Police)

Dashcam video shows a Dover officer kicking a suspect in the head in 2013. (photo via Dover Police)

The attorney general’s office in Delaware has cleared a police chief of criminal wrongdoing regarding the alteration of an internal affairs report involving the use of force by a former officer.

 

Former Cpl. Thomas Webster IV was acquitted of assault last year after being seen on dashcam video kicking a suspect in the head and breaking his jaw in 2013.

Two days after the incident, Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat wrote he concurred with an internal affairs investigator who recommended that no action be taken, based on his review and a report filed by Webster.

But in preparing for trial in the racially charged case, Webster’s attorney was given a different version of the memorandum, in which Bernat said he concluded with internal affairs “pending review of in car video.”

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