DOVER, Del. – Closing arguments and jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of a white Delaware police officer charged with assault after breaking a black suspect's jaw with a kick.
Jurors in the trial of Thomas Webster IV are scheduled to receive a judge's final instructions Friday before beginning deliberations.
Webster testified that he didn't intend to kick Lateef Dickerson in the head but instead was aiming for Dickerson's upper body.
Webster also said he was scared and feared for the safety of himself and others because officers were told Dickerson was armed with a gun, and Dickerson was slow to comply with repeated police commands to get on the ground.
Police dashcam video shows Dickerson had placed his hands on the ground but wasn't fully prone when Webster kicked him.