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Tuckerton Cop Arrested for Allowing K9 to Attack, Bite Barnegat Woman

Same officer was involved in a fatal shooting in 2011

A Tuckerton police officer found himself behind bars this week after being arrested on official misconduct and aggravated assault charges for letting his K9 attack and bite a Barnegat woman, and then falsifying reports to cover up the incident.

The charges stem from a Jan. 29 traffic stop in Tuckerton during which the 57-year-old woman allegedly failed to stop after Cpl. Justin Cherry of the Tuckerton Borough Police Department activated his overhead lights.

The woman, according to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, drove from Tuckerton to the parking lot of the Barnegat Township Municipal Complex where she was taken into custody by two officers from the Barnegat Police Department.

It is alleged by prosecutors that Cherry was present in Barnegat at the scene of her arrest and unjustifiably allowed his K-9 to attack and bite the woman. It is also alleged that Cherry falsified his police reports in an effort to "conceal or justify his improper actions," the statement said.

Cherry’s bail was set at $15,000 cash by Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr. Cherry posted bail and was released pending further court proceedings.

In 2011, according to a report in the Press of Atlantic City, Cherry was cleared by authorities in the fatal shooting of a Tuckerton man after he allegedly threatened Cherry and another officer with a knife.
FIMF the ll April 11, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Hey Mac, I know I didn't dream it, - though I did hit up on my medical marihoochie scrip- but did not someone post that the aforementioned charges were initiated by the Tuckerton Chief (to cover the hip shooter) because the Barnegat coppers beat the ever living bejesus out of Rhonda King and now the post has poofed?
Mac April 12, 2014 at 09:50 AM
wow, you're right FIMF - that post does seem to have gone up in smoke - perhaps it was posted by the ungracious Barnegat 9/11 phony hero looking for a new hole to hide in in Tuckerton - something about the dog not breaking the skin but the woman ending up with broken bones - why was the dog even out of the police car with 3 police officers (2 police officers and a loaded gun in uniform) present if the dog wasn't going to protect the woman?
Jake Cavanaugh April 14, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Hopefully the State will get involved and all the guilty cops will get arrested. Once the woman's lawyer gets involved, the money will start coming.
mr henry April 21, 2014 at 04:50 PM
same shit all over this county, give a guy a elected position or pin a badge on them and give them a gun and they become better than anyone they are suppose to serve or protect and shit on your rights and abuse the office..this whole county needs a good enema!! Damn shame the other man was killed by this scumbag.

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