Police in Delaware have released a video showing a suspect being kicked in the head by an officer, the latest revelation in a two-year-long probe that resulted in charges against the cop this week.
Dover Police Officer Cpl. Thomas Webster is seen in the video — recorded from another officer’s patrol car — kicking Lateef Dickerson, 30, once in the head as he lowers himself to the ground at Webster's command.
The blow left Dickerson unconscious and with a broken jaw, according to a statement from the Dover Police Department. The arrest on Aug. 24, 2013, was in response to a fight at a gas station, in which one of the suspects was “possibly” armed with a gun, the statement said.
Webster was indicted this week by a grand jury on charges of assault. Two previous investigations into the incident cleared Webster of any wrongdoing, according to the department.
In March of 2014, the office of then-Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden presented the case before a grand jury, which did not return an indictment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware also reviewed the case at that time and determined a civil rights violation had not occurred.
The following September, the Delaware ACLU sued Webster and the City of Dover on Dickerson’s behalf requesting that the court "order the Dover Police Department to vastly improve their training, supervision and internal review procedures," according to a statement from the ACLU.
After Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn took office in January, he decided the case should be presented to another grand jury, which handed down the indictment Monday.
It is unclear whether the video, or any video, was made available during any of the investigations into the case.
Webster, who was placed on leave following the arrest but returned to the Dover Police Department in June 2014, is currently on leave without pay, according to the department.
Webster's attorney, Jim Liguori, said presenting the “ancient matter” to a new grand jury was motivated by the ACLU’s lawsuit. “The evidence presented before the first grand jury and the second grand jury hasn’t changed. The atmosphere has changed," Liguori said in a statement according to NBC Philadelphia.
Webster, a 10-year veteran of the department, turned himself in Monday, and was released on $5,000 bond, according to the Dover Police Department.
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— Elisha Fieldstadt