Man kicked by police officer sentenced on gun charges

Lateef Dickerson

Lateef Dickerson

DOVER — A Delaware man who was seen on police dashboard camera video being kicked in the head by a Dover police officer in a racially charged case from 2013 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on unrelated gun charges.

Lateef Dickerson pleaded guilty last month to possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm and conspiracy.

A judge last week declared Dickerson a habitual offender and sentenced him to minimum mandatory term of 10 years on the gun possession charge.

In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped several other charges again Dickerson, including those stemming from alleged assaults of his former girlfriend and another woman last year.

In December, a white police officer was acquitted of assaulting Dickerson, who is black, during a 2013 arrest.

Dickerson was wanted by several jurisdictions at the time of Thomas Webster IV’s trial and did not attend the proceedings. Mr. Webster was found not guilty of second-degree assault by a Kent County jury. Mr. Webster has since resigned from the Dover Police Department.

In December, it was reported that the city of Dover paid $15,000 as part of a lawsuit resolution involving Dickerson and the actions of Mr. Webster. Any other portion would be handled by the city’s insurance carrier, though no details were released.

The ACLU of Delaware filed the action against the city and Mr. Webster on behalf of Dickerson in U.S. District Court.

In August 2013, Dickerson was initially charged with resisting arrest during his interaction with Mr. Webster, but the count was later dropped.

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