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War on Black Community, NAACP Official says in Dover

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There is a war being waged in and on the black community in Dover.

That was the charge by La Mar Gunn, president of the Central Delaware Branch of the NAACP yesterday.

After an indictment city police officer Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested for assault for allegedly kicking suspect Lateef Dickerson in August of last year.

During a press conference in front of City Hall the NAACP official stood with other local leaders and said that the incident had hit a nerve in the community.

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn recommended the second grand jury look into the case after an earlier one decided not to indict Webster.

Outgoing Dover City Council President Dave Bonar and other council members saw a video of the incident during a briefing last week.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that while he could not talk about what he saw, he added, that he was “appalled as a former cop.” 

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Webster has been suspended without pay until the case is resolved.

Meanwhile, the News Journal reports that 30 year old Dickerson has a lengthy criminal record including reckless endangering and drug possession. 

He was arrested by Webster and charged with resisting arrest, assault and theft but those charges were later dropped.


Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.