Md. police dept. hires ex-Dover cop acquitted of assault

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Thomas W. Webster IV

DOVER — Pending training and certification, a former Dover Police officer acquitted of assaulting a suspect during a 2013 apprehension will resume his law enforcement career in Maryland.

Town of Greensboro officials confirmed Monday that Thomas W. Webster IV is in the process of becoming the municipality’s fourth police officer on the force.

“The Town of Greensboro had an opening for a patrol officer,” Town Manager Jeannette DeLude said. “After a thorough background check, Mr. Webster was found to be the most qualified applicant. His position is pending successful completion of comparative compliance training and certification by the State of Maryland.”

Town officials declined further comment.

“In our community, I am the (public information officer) for the town and our staff and elected officials do not comment to the media,” Ms. DeLude said.

Former Wyoming Police officer Mike Petyo became Greensboro’s police chief last year.

The Town of Greensboro is located in Caroline County, Maryland just over 20 miles southwest of Dover. Its 2016 population was listed as 1,882 by the United States Census Bureau.

Three years ago, a Kent County Superior Court jury found Mr. Webster not guilty of second-degree assault to Lateef Dickerson with a kick to the jaw area during an apprehension recorded on dashcam video in August 2013.

After the not guilty finding by a jury on Dec. 8, 2015, Mr. Webster and the city of Dover agreed upon a $230,000 severance and resignation package less than three months later. He was a corporal at the time of his resignation.

When the agreement was announced, it was reported Mr. Webster also would receive regular pay and benefits, including his pension, subject to wage and withholding taxes, and vacation accrual for work pay missed during his case. His annual salary was is $68,398.

According to the agreement, six annual taxable payments were to be made be made from 2017 to 2022.

In 2017 and 2018, Mr. Webster was to receive $40,000 payments, followed by $37,500 annual payments between 2019 and 2022. All payments are scheduled between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15.

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