Port Authority Commissioner Confronts New Jersey Police During Traffic Stop! “You May Shut The F*ck Up”
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Caren Z. Turner, a Democratic lobbyist, has been flogged for days on social media for berating police officers in New Jersey in a video that went viral. On Thursday, her former peers on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officially censured Ms. Turner, calling her conduct “outrageous” and “profoundly disturbing.”
The censure was a swift and harsh rebuke of Ms. Turner, who interceded in a March 31 traffic stop in Tenafly, N.J. Video released by the police captured Ms. Turner, 60, flashing her Port Authority badge and swearing at officers who had stopped and impounded a car her daughter was riding in.
The Tenafly police reported the incident, which did not result in any charges against Ms. Turner, to the Port Authority on April 11, according to its chairman, Kevin O’Toole. The agency hurried to head off any further damage to its image.
“Unethical and even criminal wrongdoing has badly damaged the reputation of this agency,” Mr. O’Toole said, in explaining the censure. “We will not go back to the way it was.”
The censure was unanimously approved, across state and party lines. Ms. Turner had abruptly resigned from her Port Authority seat last week after the video surfaced, making the public censure largely symbolic.
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Ms. Turner, like Mr. O’Toole, was appointed to the board by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican. The board also approved a referral of the matter to the New Jersey State Ethics Commission.
Daniel J. Horwitz, a commissioner appointed by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, said the referral was necessary because Ms. Turner, in a statement about the episode she released publicly, denied that she had violated the Port Authority’s code of ethics or had asked for special treatment.
“Anyone who’s seen that video will agree that the conduct on that video is not only out of bounds for any public official. It’s out of bounds for any member of the public in respect to how they act with the police,’’ Mr. Horwitz said.
Mr. Horwitz is now chairman of the board’s committee on governance and ethics, a position Ms. Turner held at the time of the traffic stop. At one point in the video, she instructed the police officers to address her as “commissioner.”
Mr. O’Toole described Ms. Turner’s behavior as “bullying and obstructionist” and said that if she had not resigned, the board would have demanded that she do so.
The board also commended the Tenafly officers, Matthew Savitsky and Tom Casper, for remaining “polite, focused and professional” while Ms. Turner spoke to them in “an insulting and condescending manner” and used foul language.
Ms. Turner, in a statement, apologized for her tone and “off-color language,” and then called for the Tenafly Police Department to review its policies “with respect to tone and de-escalation, so that incidents like this do not recur.”