The shocking video below shows a former Port Authority commissioner coming to the defense of her daughter who was a passenger in a car pulled over by police. The woman uses her badge and authority in an attempt to intimidate the officers, and the recording of their conversation shows an obvious abuse of authority.
The Tenafly Police Department released the footage of Caren Z. Turner, 60. Turner works as a Democratic Party lobbyist. She uses her position, and her connections to New Jersey politics, in an attempt to get the officers to ignore that the Nevada registration on her daughter’s friend’s car has expired.
The New Jersey police department released the footage of the event, which happened Easter weekend. Turner’s daughter had called her after the car she was riding in was pulled over as they were driving in Bergen County on March 31.
Turner resigned her position as a commissioner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last week, just before the release of the footage. Her resignation came after an internal investigation ruled her actions showed “profoundly disturbing conduct.”
“Turner had served as the ethics chair of the Port Authority before her resignation,” The Daily Mail notes.
“The conduct was indefensible,” a spokesperson for the agency 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.”
“Commissioner Turner’s resignation was appropriate given her outrageous conduct.”
The video, at more than eight minutes, captures the outrageous conduct.
“The officers stopped the vehicle because its front windows were tinted,” DM writes. “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.”
After finding that the driver didn’t have registration or insurance, the police ordered the car towed. Turner then arrives, and shows the officers her I.D.
“I don’t need that,” one officer says. “You’re just here as a ride, right?”
“No, I’m not,” Turner says. “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 driver has all the information. He’ll tell you,” the officer replies.
“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?”
“I am involved. Trust me, I’m very involved,” she insists.
The conversation devolves quickly. When one of the officers tells her she can take her daughter, Turner snaps. “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.
The officers, for their part, kept their cool. Watch the video. It is an instant classic.