"Full video: Port Authority commissioner confronts police during N.J. traffic stop’"
A former Port Authority official flaunted her credentials and told two
New Jersey cops to “shut the f--k up” during a traffic stop that
prompted her to resign this week, according to dash cam footage released
Caren Turner, a Port Authority board member who oversaw the ethics
committee, bullied a pair of Tenafly police officers during a traffic
stop that involved her teen daughter during the Easter weekend, the
She demanded the officers address her by her title and to know the specifics of the traffic stop.
The cops refused to entertain her requests, other than to briefly
explain that the vehicle was not registered and would be towed.
“You’re just here as the driver,” an officer told Turner.
But Turner insisted she was "here as a concerned citizen and a friend of the mayor."
One of the officers was visibly stunned in the March 31 footage as she
flashed her gold commissioner badge and repeatedly tried smoothing over
the ordeal for her daughter and her friends, all of whom were 18 or
His partner told Turner she had no right to know what prompted the traffic stop, but she protested.
"That's my daughter," Turner said, later boasting that she and her
friends were Ph.D. students from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and Yale University.
"She's the backseat passenger. She was not the driver. This is not her vehicle. This is not your vehicle," he said.
Each moment of the 16-minute clip, first obtained by Politico, showed Turner stepping closer and closer to one of the officers, right until he was up against the hood of the cruiser.
"Ma'am, take a step back. I can't move back any farther and you keep stepping toward me," he said.
She then disparaged both law men as “a disappointment” for standing up to her.
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