Caren Turner, 60, resigned from her position serving the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner after she was caught on film swearing at the police during a routine traffic stop. The video was recorded by the police and it shows Caren Turner, who was a Democrat lobbyist, treat the police with absolute disrespect as she berated them for simply doing their job.
Many critics have shamed her for acting so horribly toward law enforcement who were simply doing their job and following the training they’ve received and doing the job they were hired for. It appeared as though the woman wanted special treatment, but she’s not above the law and the police officers did their job as they are instructed to.
The incident in which Caren Turner resigned over can be seen in the video below.
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CBS News also reported more details on the situation with Caren Turner: “TENAFLY, N.J. — A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner who abruptly resigned last week was caught on camera cursing at two police officers during a traffic stop. The Tenafly Police Department released the video Tuesday showing Caren Turner attempting to pull rank on the officers.
Turner’s daughter was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for an expired registration March 31. Turner was apparently called to the site of the traffic stop to pick up her daughter and her friends.
The video also shows the Democratic lobbyist becoming increasingly agitated with the responding officers.
“You’re just here as the ride, right?” one officer asks Turner when she introduced herself.
“No I’m not,” Turner said. “I’m here as a concerned citizen and friend of the mayor and been in Tenafly for 20 years.”
When Turner asked what happened, the officer said that the driver had all of the information and that he could provide it to Turner.
“No, no, no, no, I need to know,” Turner said.
“No, you don’t need to know,” the officer said. “You are not involved here. You’re picking them up.”
“No, no, no, I’m involved,” Turner said. “Trust me, I’m very involved.”
When she asked again why the car was pulled over, the other officer addressed Turner as “miss.”
“No, don’t call me miss,” Turner said. “I’m commissioner. Thank you.”
Turner shouted an expletive at the officers when she was told that she may take the group from the car away.
“You may not tell me when to take my child,” Turner said. “You may shut the f— up and not tell me when I may take my kid and her friends, who are Ph.D. students from MIT and Yale. You may tell me nothing.”
Turner didn’t return a call seeking comment.
Both the Port Authority and Tenafly Police Chief Robert Chamberlain say the video shows Turner was right to resign. She also served as the bistate agency’s ethics chair.
Turner was appointed to the Port Authority last year by former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.”
Turner arrived to assist with the children who were pulled over. Her job was to be there for them and provide a ride home if and as needed. Unfortunately, her unwanted outburst has caused a major embarassment for her family and the job in which she was working. Her resignation is supported and she might have to issue an apology for treating law enforcement so poorly for no reason.
Behavior like this often gets people arrested or shot. When cops pull people over, or talk to citizens, then they expect people to behave like adults and act civil. Unfortnately for Caren Turner, she was unable to act like a civil adult and the result is that she no longer has a job.
Her behavior was uncalled for and probably embarassing to her children who may have been ashamed of what transpired with the police over a very simple and routine traffic stop.
This was a traffic stop that should have ended with a “thank you, have a nice day” but instead ended with the police being treated poorly by a woman who many claimed acted “entitled.”