A Port Authority Commissioner of New York and New Jersey has resigned after she was caught pulling rank on two Tenafly police officers who had pulled over her adult children. Caren Z. Turner showed up at the scene of a traffic stop of a vehicle her daughter was in to pick them up after police told them their car would be towed. But when she arrived, Turner was confrontational with the officers and tried to use her position as Commissioner to gain a more favorable outcome.
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Toward the end of her tirade, Turner even told one of the officers "You may shut the f— up!" Turner argued with the two officers on the side rural Route 9W in Bergen County for nearly ten minutes as she demanded to know why the car was being impounded. The whole incident was captured on the dash camera of the officers' patrol vehicle. After both the video of Turner's tirade and the police incident report were made public, Turner resigned as Port Authority Commissioner of New York and New Jersey.
In her roadside rant, Turner tried to leverage her influence telling officers she was a Port Authority Commissioner and would be talking with both the police commissioner and the mayor about the incident. The officers told Turner was not involved in the traffic incident and it was a lawful stop so they had no obligation to answer her questions. When pulling rank seemed to fail, Turner turned to criticizing the officers saying they couldn't even string a sentence together and had "ruined" a holiday weekend for several people.
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The 60-year-old Turner is a Democratic lobbyist who served as the ethics chair of the powerful bi-state agency before her abrupt resignation from the Port Authority. Spokesman Benjamin Branham condemned Turner's actions saying in a statement, "The conduct was indefensible. 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."
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