Now that Beau
Biden is out of office, new Del. AG, Matt Denn, gets
indictment on white cop, Tom Webster IV,
videoed drop kicking black man in the face.
This prick, Cpl Thomas Webster IV,
should be doing time IMO
we've got an open-and-shut
case where one cop's dash
cam clearly shows another cop, Tom Webster IV, brutally
drop-kicking a suspect full in the face as the suspect is getting on the
ground as ordered. Even though the first cop re-adjusts his car so
the cam is no longer on the beat-up suspect, there are no ifs, ands, or
buts as to what happened. There are no excuses and no valid
defenses. This was out and out felonious assault and battery by a
cop and Webster's ass should have been locked up a long time ago.
The victim, Lateef Dickerson lost consciousness and before the car
was moved the vid briefly shows him lying limp on the ground. His
jaw was busted.
Frame from dash cam showing Dickerson being kicked by Webster.
The yellow sploch near the center is Dickerson's hat flying off from the
force of Webster's foot.
That was in 2013.
It is all clearly shown on the vid and there is no way a prosecutor could
fail to get an indictment against Webster unless the prosecutor plain flat
didn't want an indictment, after all it's a cop, and you now how that
goes. And Beau Biden, who was then Delaware's AG, apparently
didn't want the indictment because the Kent County grand jury
"declined" to indict Webster. Biden's office said they
were "disappointed," but then they would say that, wouldn't
they? Although the prosecutors had the video, there is now
some question as to whether Biden's people even showed the
incriminating video to the first grand jury.
After the attack on
Dickerson, Webster was rewarded with the paid vacation white cops usually
get when they beat up, shoot, or kill black people. It's called
"suspended with pay." And then, after the indictment
didn't happen, Webster went back on patrol, which would be a pretty scary
thought if I was a black dude in Dover, Del.
But two years later
Biden was out as AG and the new AG, Matt Denn, looked at the video
and took the case back to the grand jury -- a different grand jury, of
course. That second grand jury indicted Webster for felonious
assault. Ain't it funny how two grand juries can look at the same case and
one says "no problem" and the other calls it a felony?
That comes down to the power of the prosecutor, just ask Darren Wilson
the cop who gunned down Michael Brown and escaped indictment by a
grand jury in Ferguson, MO.
Upon being indicted
Webster went on leave WITHOUT pay pending resolution of the criminal
charges. Here's the Dover cop-shop's
summary of the case. Mr. Dickerson, the guy whose head was
Webster's football, is suing Webster and Dover.
There are a couple of
points here. First, there is the unnamed second cop -- the one
driving the car with the dash cam and who later moved the car so the cam
was no longer showing Dickerson. This guy is particularly
interesting in view of my
last post in which I proposed that RICO charges should be brought
against cops who witness crimes perpetrated by other cops and then keep
their mouths shut or otherwise obstruct justice. I mean, what I see in
that video is two cops committing crimes. One is clearly assaulting
an unarmed suspect and the other is moving the car around in what could
appear to a jury as an attempt to cover up the crime and tamper with the
The other point I want
to raise is the way the local media treat these cop brutality cases, and I
am thinking DelawareOnline in this instance. This appears to
be the online version a Gannett newspaper. Cris Barrish has
written at least two articles on the Dickerson assault and both of them
seem to me to be well written, informative, fair, and objective.
Both are dated May08.15. One
was about the release of the video and the
other one was about whether or not the AG presented the video to
the grand jury.
And then there is Esteban
Parra’s asshole May08.15 report for DelawareOnline that was,
essentially, a hit-job on the victim, Lateef Dickerson -- the guy who is
suing Dover and the cops and will likely end up a lot richer over
Parra's article is
titled "Man kicked by Dover officer has lengthy criminal record."
Seems to me that Parra is clearly trying to taint the jury pool. In
addition to painting Dickerson as a "career felon," which
according to the article is not true, Parra falsely reports that Webster
“tried to take [Dickerson] into custody,” as if Dickerson resisted.
You can look at the video and see very clearly that Dickerson didn't
resist at all -- Parra is misstating the facts by implication. He has
not replied to my request for comments.
I have seen no
information indicating that Dickerson was the man the cops were looking
for or that he committed any crime. Apparently, he was just an
unlucky dude in a white shirt and yellow hat who got kicked full in the
face by an idiot cop who, hopefully, will be going to prison. And
although Dickerson was charged with the normal post-brutality charges of
“assault and resisting arrest” – neither of which occurred as you
can see in the vid – those charges were dropped. And even if
Dickerson has a record 10 miles long, that is completely irrelevant in
this case. Cops don't have anymore right to brutalize people with
police records than anybody else. Webster's nematode lawyer, James
Liguori, is using Parra and DelawareOnline to paint the victim as the
bad guy here.
Hopefully, folks in
Delaware will have enough brains to look at the video and put Webster away
for a while and award Dickerson a pile of money for being on the receiving
end of Webster's boot.