A New York Democratic official and former aide to Hillary Clinton has resigned her post after she was caught on video unleashing a profanity-laced tirade on New Jersey police officers.
The video, which was just released by by the Tenafly (NJ) Police Department, shows Caren Turner berating officers who had pulled over and impounded a car her daughter was riding in.
The car’s registration had expired, was not insured, and had a number of other issues, including overly-tinted windows and an obscured license plate.
Rather than be upset that her daughter was riding in an unsafe, uninsured vehicle, Turner focuses her fury on the officers, even dropping an F-bomb when they refuse to answer her demands and bow to her aggressive questions.
She even boasted in a condescending manner that the kids in the car were PhD students at MIT and Yale, and threw around her influence, including mentioning she was friends with the mayor of the town.
Turner was a commissioner on the powerful Port Authority, which oversees not only the World Trade Center site,but also the bridges and public transportation systems that connect New York and New Jersey. After the Port Authority learned of her actions in the March 31 video, an internal investigation was launched, which found she had engaged in unacceptable behavior. She then resigned her seat as commissioner.
A New Jersey police department has released a video showing a former Port Authority commissioner and ex-Hillary Clinton aide trying to use her position to threaten officers who pulled over her daughter’s friend during a traffic stop on Easter weekend.
The remarkable video released by the Tenafly Police Department shows Caren Z. Turner, 60, a Democratic Party lobbyist, flash her badge and boast of her connections to the chief of police and the local mayor while berating two officers who pulled over a car whose Nevada registration had expired.
The car was driven by a male friend of her daughter, who was a passenger in the back seat.
The daughter had called her mother after the vehicle was pulled over as they were driving along Route 9W in Bergen County on March 31.
The video was posted by NJ Advance Media a week after Turner abruptly resigned her position as a commissioner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The resignation was prompted by an internal investigation into ‘profoundly disturbing conduct,’ the agency said.
The Port Authority is one of the most powerful state-level agencies in the region. Turner, who was a Democratic lobbyist in addition to being a Hillary Clinton aide, rubbed elbows with the political elite by holding that position.
The Port Authority is an interstate agency jointly run by the states of New York and New Jersey.
It oversees the half-dozen Hudson River crossings that connect New York City to the Garden State, all of the major area airports, and other sites.
Turner had served as the ethics chair of the Port Authority before her resignation.
‘The conduct was indefensible,’ a spokesperson for the agency said.
‘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.
‘Commissioner Turner’s resignation was appropriate given her outrageous conduct.’
The eight-minute clip recorded by Tenafly Police dash cam begins with Turner approaching two officers after they pulled over her daughter’s friend.
The officers stopped the vehicle because its front windows were tinted.
New Jersey is just one of four states that prohibits tinted windows on its front windshields and side windows – unless the driver has a medical condition that makes it necessary.
The officers also noticed that a piece of the rear license plate was slightly obstructed by a dealer-installed chrome bracket.
Anyone driving with an obscured license plate can be ticketed in New Jersey.
Officers said that the driver of the car, who has not been identified, had a valid license, but he did not have the proper registration or insurance.
Here is the video.