Police officer who was filmed kicking black man in the head given $230,000 pay out

Thomas Webster IV was caught on police dashcam kicking Lateef Dickerson unconscious as he knelt to lie on the floor

Ross Logan
Monday 29 February 2016 17:47
Dover Police CCTV

A police officer who resigned after being filmed kicking a black man in the head, breaking his jaw, has been handed a $230,000 pay out.

Thomas Webster IV, a former corporal with Dover Police Department in Delaware, US, was awarded the sum in an out of court settlement with his former employers.

In August 2013, Webster was caught on police dashcam kicking 29-year-old Lateef Dickerson in the face as he knelt down to lie on the floor, as ordered by police.

Webster was awarded the sum in an out of court settlement

The kick knocked him unconscious and fractured his jaw.

Webster was acquitted of assault by a jury in December, and it was announced last week he was leaving the police force with immediate effect.

He has been placed on administrative leave until his contract expires in June.

Details of the agreement were obtained through a Freedom of Information request by Associated Press.

It reveals that Webster will be paid $230,000 over the next six years, roughly half of his $68,000 salary.

He is forbidden from entering Dover Police building or communicating with any of its representatives.

He may also not seek employment within Dover’s government.

Dover mayor Robin Christiansen told Delaware Online: “Everyone involved in the discussions considered what was in the best interest of the community,”

“He can seek employment wherever he would like, I guess.”

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