A new video released by a New Jersey Police Department shows Port Authority commissioner and ex-aide to Hillary Clinton, Caren Z. Turner, trying to exercise her position to get out of a traffic stop.
The Tenafly Police Department pulled over a vehicle for violations of the state’s tinted window policies, inside the car was Turner’s daughter and her friend. The daughter had called her mother after the vehicle was pulled over and she quickly arrived on the scene.
As Daily Mail reports, “New Jersey is just one of four states that prohibits tinted windows on its front windshields and side windows – unless the driver has a medical condition that makes it necessary. The officers also noticed that a piece of the rear license plate was slightly obstructed by a dealer-installed chrome bracket.”
The eight-minute dashboard camera video shows Turner flash her badge and threaten the officers who pulled the car over.
Per the report, the video was posted after an internal investigation led to Turner’s resignation:
The remarkable video released by the Tenafly Police Department shows Caren Z. Turner, 60, a Democratic Party lobbyist, flash her badge and boast of her connections to the chief of police and the local mayor while berating two officers who pulled over a car whose Nevada registration had expired.
The video was posted by NJ Advance Media a week after Turner abruptly resigned her position as a commissioner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The resignation was prompted by an internal investigation into ‘profoundly disturbing conduct,’ the agency said.
The Port Authority is an interstate agency jointly run by the states of New York and New Jersey.
It oversees the half-dozen Hudson River crossings that connect New York City to the Garden State, all of the major area airports, and other sites.
“The conduct was indefensible,” a spokesperson for Port Authority said. “The board takes its recently adopted Code of Ethics for commissioners extremely seriously and was preparing to form a special committee to review the findings of the Inspector General investigation and take action at this Thursday’s board meeting”
And, “Commissioner Turner’s resignation was appropriate given her outrageous conduct.”
As the traffic stop continued, the officers learned the driver did not have a proper registration or insurance. The officers subsequently ordered a tow truck to impound the car and gave the driver a summons for the violation.
Then Turner arrives:
In the video, Turner introduces herself to the officers and shows them her ID.
‘I don’t need that,’ one of the officers told her. ‘You’re just here as a ride, right?’
Turner replies: ‘No, I’m not. I’m here as a concerned citizen and friend of the mayor.
‘I’ve been living in Tenafly for 20 years. I take full responsibility for them.
‘What is the reason they were pulled over?’
The officer declines to offer her an explanation, saying: ‘The driver has all the information. He’ll tell you.’
‘No, no, no… I need to know,’ Turner says.
‘No, you don’t need to know. You are not involved here. You’re picking them up?’ one of the officers says to Turner.
‘I am involved. Trust me, I’m very involved,’ she replies.
The driver of the car is over 18 years old. ‘That’s all you need to know.’
When she pulls out her ID, the other officer says: ‘We don’t need to see credentials here.’
The ID indicates that Turner is one of the commissioners of the Port Authority.
‘I am the commissioner of the Port Authority and I am heading up over 4,000 police officers,’ she says.
When the officer explains to Turner that the vehicle is unregistered, she asks: ‘Why were they pulled over, first of all?’
‘Miss…’ the officer says before he is cut off.
‘Don’t call me “Miss”,’ Turner says angrily. ‘I’m “Commissioner”. Thank you.’
‘Commissioner, all due respect, the driver will tell you,’ the officer says.
‘No, no, no, I need to know,’ she says.
‘The car is getting towed now,’ the officer says.
‘Why is the car getting towed?’ Turner asks the officer.
‘Go ask him,’ the officer replies.
When Turner insists on getting an answer, the officer, exasperated, tells her: ‘Miss, this does not involve you one per cent.’
Turner replies: ‘Yeah, it does.’
The officers repeatedly said that Turner’s daughter was not directly involved, that she was not the recipient of the summons, that it was not her car being impounded – so the matter was not Turner’s concern. As Turner pressed for more information, the officers instructed her to ask the driver, as it was his prerogative.
Turner persists anyway and blames the officers for ruining the holidays. She then threatens the officers jobs by saying she would be talking with the chief of police and the mayor:
‘You cannot even tell me, a mother living in Tenafly for 20 years, with two kids who went through the school system, what the problem is. And that’s shocking.’
When the officer suggests that they all move off the road due to safety reasons, she calls the officers ‘pathetic’ for ‘not being able to put a sentence together.’
‘You are a disappointment,’ she says to the other officer, who was mostly quiet as his partner tried to explain the situation to Turner.
When the officer tells her: ‘You may take [your daughter and her friends] now,’ Turner replies: ‘You may not tell me when to take my child.’
‘You may shut the f*** up and not tell me when I may take my kid and her friends who are PhD students from MIT and Yale,’ she says.
‘You may tell me nothing,’ Turner says. ‘Shame on you.
‘I will be talking to the chief of police. And I will be speaking to the mayor.’
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