Delaware police officer charged with assault

 Cpl. Thomas West faces assault charges. He's accused of kicking a suspect and breaking the man's jaw. (photo courtesy Dover Police)

Cpl. Thomas West faces assault charges. He's accused of kicking a suspect and breaking the man's jaw. (photo courtesy Dover Police)

The attorney for a Dover police officer is blasting prosecutors’ efforts to continue to pursue assault charges against him after a grand jury declined last year to indict him.

 

Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested and released on bond Monday after a second grand jury indicted him on assault. Webster was placed on leave in 2013 after reportedly kicking Lateef Dickerson, a suspect in a fight, breaking his jaw and rendering him unconscious.

But a grand jury declined to indict Webster in March 2014, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office found no civil rights violation. The ACLU subsequently sued Dover police on Dickerson’s behalf. 

A spokesman for Attorney General Matt Denn says Denn, who took office in January, reviewed the case and thought it should be presented to a grand jury again.

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