DOVER, Del. – Jurors are in their third day of deliberations in the trial of a white Delaware police officer charged with assault after breaking a black suspect's jaw with a kick.
The jury deliberated through the lunch hour Tuesday without reaching a verdict in the trial of Dover officer Thomas Webster IV.
Webster testified that he was aiming for Lateef Dickerson's upper body, not his head, in the 2013 encounter. He also said he feared for his safety and the safety of others because Dickerson was reportedly armed with a gun and was slow to comply with repeated commands to get on the ground.
Prosecutors say Webster acted recklessly and used excessive force.
Police dashcam video shows Dickerson had his hands on the ground but wasn't fully prone when Webster kicked him.