Dickerson now serving a 10-year sentence on firearms charges

Lateef Dickerson

DOVER — A Middletown man who received $300,000 to settle a lawsuit against the City of Dover after a jaw-breaking kick from a police officer in 2013 is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence on unrelated firearms charges.

Lateef Dickerson was sentenced on May 3, 2016, after conviction on possession of a firearm by person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm, and second-degree conspiracy charges. His effective sentencing date is July 27, 2015.

Following incarceration, Dickerson will be placed on two years Level III probation, and then a year of Level II probation.

On Monday, city officials released details of a settlement stemming from an apprehension involving then-Dover police Cpl. Thomas W. Webster IV on Aug. 24, 2013, that left Dickerson with a broken jaw. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Mr. Dickerson’s behalf, which was settled on Dec. 22, 2015.

The Delaware Attorney General’s Office found that the city violated the Freedom of Information Act when earlier opting not to release settlement information to the media upon request.

The City of Dover paid $15,000 as part of the settlement, which was also covered by insurance carrier Travelers’ Insurance Company.

Mr. Webster was later acquitted of assault and left the police department through a separation agreement that involved a $230,000 payment from the city.

According to court records, Dickerson has 20 convictions on his adult record, beginning with a first-degree reckless endangering charge on March 28, 2003.

A chronology of convictions includes:

• April 22, 2016, aggressive driving.

• July 2, 2015, fugitive from another state.

, Dec. 16, 2014, disregarding a police officer signal, DUI of alcohol, driving with a suspended or revoked license.

• July 11, 2013, failure to reinstate license.

• Feb. 7, 2013, resisting arrest.

• Oct. 17, 2012, civil contempt.

• Sept. 27, 2010, failure to reinstate license, speeding in 25 mph residential district.

• March 16-17, 2010, civil contempt, failure to reinstate license.

• Aug. 14, 2009, failure to reinstate license.

• June 5, 2006, Possession with intent to deliver narcotics.

• July 14, 2005, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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