- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Dover and one of its police officers on behalf of a man who claims he was assaulted by the officer.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Wilmington alleges that Cpl. Thomas Webster repeatedly struck Lateef Dickerson without provocation, knocking him unconscious, after responding to a disturbance at a local gas station in August 2013.

The lawsuit says the 30-year-old Dickerson, who has a long criminal history, suffered a broken jaw and facial cuts.

The attorney general’s office investigated but was unable to obtain an indictment.

The lawsuit claims that Dover police dropped an internal affairs investigation without finding any wrongdoing by Webster.

In a statement, Dover police chief Paul Bernat said the department was reviewing the allegations in the lawsuit and that it is confident that the investigation was handled appropriately.

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