‘You may shut the f*** up,’ NJ official tells traffic cop on video
TENAFLY — A Port Authority commissioner resigned last week after being caught on video telling a police officer who had pulled over her daughter to "shut the f*** up."
Caren Turner, a Democratic operative who had been appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to serve on the bi-state agency, stepped down last week after the agency called her conduct "outrageous."
Turner's outburst during the traffic stop on the Saturday before Easter was caught on police video, which Tenafly police released to New Jersey 101.5 and other media.
Turner's daughter was a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over for tinted windows and an obscured license plate. Police then decided to tow it because it was not properly registered.
Turner, who served on the Port Authority's ethics committee, showed up to the stop on Route 9W after her daughter called her, according to police reports obtained by New Jersey 101.5.
She is seen on video flashing her gold commissioner badge and demanding that police explain themselves.
Police try to calmly tell her that the matter is not her business and that she should ask her daughter for information or request a copy of the police report.
"Based on her demeanor, the tone of voice, the way she was presenting herself and the way she was attempting to misappropriately use her professional position to gain authority in this situation, I advised her to speak with the driver of the vehicle for more information," Officer Matthew Savitsky wrote in his report.
"You may not tell me when to take my daughter," she's heard on video saying. "You may shut the f*** up."
Moments later, Turner continued to use profanity and "speak with a condescending tone" after the officer tried to get her to stop talking to the tow truck driver because of her :very agitated state."
The officer said she called him an "ass" and said, "Look at that smug look on our face."
Turner was not charged with any crime and left the scene.
Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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