Port Authority Ethics Chair to Cops: 'Shut the F--- Up'

Caren Turner resigned but says she didn't violate code of ethics
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2018 10:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – A traffic stop in New Jersey over Easter weekend was pretty routine—a car with tinted front windows, obstructed tags, and expired registration was impounded—until the ethics chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey turned up. Caren Turner, the mother of one of the car's passengers, resigned last week, just a few days before Tenafly police released a dashcam video showing the 60-year-old cursing at police officers, flashing her Port Authority badge, and describing herself as a "friend of the mayor" on the side of a highway on March 31, per NPR. Turner had arrived to pick up her daughter but became enraged when officers said they weren't legally required to tell her what led to the traffic stop because those involved were adults. A police report notes Turner "was attempting to misappropriately use her professional position to gain authority," reports NJ.com.

At one point, Turner called an officer "an ass" who had a "smug-ass look" on his face, per NPR. When told she was free to leave, Turner continued, "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. I will be talking to the chief of police and I will be speaking to the mayor," reports Ars Technica, describing the officers as "exercising remarkable restraint." The Port Authority says Turner resigned Friday after learning about an investigation into possible ethics violations. "The video speaks for itself. The conduct was indefensible," the agency adds, per NPR. In a statement Wednesday, Turner said "at no point did I violate the Port Authority's Code of Ethics or ask for special treatment for anyone involved." She did apologize for "my tone toward the police officers and use of off-color language," per NJ.com.

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