Resigned Port Authority Commissioner Flashed Badge, Cursed Out Police
Apr 26, 2018, 00:41
Flashing her commissioner's gold badge and boasting of her influence during a routine traffic stop involving her daughter, Caren Z. Turner demanded to know why police had pulled the vehicle over and why it was being impounded.
It was a protracted outburst that cost Turner her job. Caren Turner is a veteran Democratic political lobbyist and chair of the Port Authority's ethics committee. She demands to be referred to as "Commissioner" rather than "Miss", for instance, and also showed off her badge.
Watch video of the confrontation below.
The officers appear to maintain their composure during the altercation, while Turner is heard swearing at them and telling them that they ruined the Passover holiday. They also learned that the auto was being impounded.
The Tenafly police chief commended his officers for maintaining their professionalism during the traffic stop. Police officer: "You're just here as a ride right?" "I'm here as a concerned citizen and friend of the mayor", Turner told the officers. "I've been living in Tenafly for 20 years". Her adult daughter was a passenger in a auto being impounded because it was not properly registered.
Then the officer called her "Miss".
Turner didn't return a call seeking comment.
"There's no problem", the officer responds. Commissioner or not, she would have been brutalized by police and possibly shot and killed for being a "threat".
Turner made sure to mention that among the young adults pulled over were MIT and Yale students.
She unloaded when the officer attempted to end the exchange. Turner: "No no no no no, I need to know". The Port Authority released the following statement, "The Port Authority has zero tolerance for ethics violations".
Then-commissioner Caren Turner, who was appointed to the board by Gov. Chris Christie in 2017, had arrived Easter Sunday at the traffic stop on Route 9W in Tenafly.
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