Offender kicked by officer loses appeal on later conviction
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a habitual criminal convicted on gun crimes following an unrelated incident in which he received a $300,000 settlement after being kicked in the face by a police officer.
Lateef Dickerson was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2016 to possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm, and conspiracy. The court on Thursday rejected Dickerson’s claims that he was coerced by his attorney into pleading guilty.
In 2015, Dickerson received $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on his behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The lawsuit stemmed from a 2013 incident in which Dickerson suffered a broken jaw when he was kicked by a Dover police officer.
The officer was acquitted of assault.