Two former New Jersey police officers pleaded guilty after vandalizing the cars of a man who filed a complaint against them.



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Stephen Martinsen and Thomas Dowling, both formerly of the Asbury Park Police Department, admitted to slashing the tires on two of the man’s cars and breaking the windows of one in September 2019, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Both men admitted they vandalized the cars in retaliation for an internal affairs complaint against them filed by the owner.

The nature of the complaint has not been made public.

As part of their plea agreements, the men are required to reimburse the cars’ owner for the damages (more than $500) and are prohibited from any public service employment in the Garden State. Dowling was fired after the charges were initially filed and Martinsen had been suspended since the original incident.

Prosecutors have recommended the men be sentenced to probation after they pay the damages.

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