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Dover Post
  • Dover officer under investigation for use of force

  • A Dover Police officer has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation into an Aug. 24, 2013 incident.
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  • A spokesman for the Dover Police has confirmed a department officer is the subject of an internal investigation.
    Cpl. Thomas Webster, an 8-year veteran of the department, was suspended with pay on Nov. 4, said police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    The complaint was filed by Lateef Dickerson, 29, who claims Webster used excessive force during an incident at a gas station.
    Dover attorney James Ligouri, representing Webster, called Dickerson a career criminal with four felony convictions on his record as well as 46 felony and 29 misdemeanor arrests.
    In a press release to the Dover Post, Ligouri said Webster and other Dover officers were responding to an Aug. 24, 2013 call about armed men at the Hess station. Dickerson allegedly refused to follow orders, resulting in his being forcefully restrained, Ligouri said.
    Had Dickerson followed instructions, there would have been no need to take action against him, Ligouri wrote.
    “Police officers have every right to defend themselves and protect us when they are in the lawful scope of their employment,” he said.
    Hoffman said Webster’s suspension with pay is his right under the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, and that the department is conducting a thorough investigation into Dickerson’s charges.
    “We’re confident our investigation will lead to the correct outcome,” Hoffman said.
    Dickerson currently is incarcerated at the Central Violation of Probation Center, Smyrna, based on an original charge of resisting arrest, said John Painter, spokesman for the Department of Correction.
    As of press time, the Dover Post could not confirm who is representing Dickerson in this case.
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