Warren, Michigan police officer Bernadette Najor was caught on tape cutting a weave out of a young woman’s head. The woman, 22-year-old Charda Gregory was in police custody after being arrested for allegedly trashing a motel room. Gregory claims someone put something into her drink, she blacked out and she woke up in an unfamiliar motel room and was then arrested for destroying said room.

The videotaped footage shows Najor pushing Gregory against a wall twice as two other officers look on. Najor then puts Gregory into a restraint chair and proceeds to use scissors to cut the weave out of Gregory’s head as Gregory kicks her legs and squirms. According to WPTV, many jails require prisoners to remove clip-on extensions because such extensions could be used to commit suicide, but Gregory’s weave was sewn in to her actual braided hair.

Najor was fired.  The other officers present during the incident are being investigated. “There’s a real simple thing: it’s called right and wrong.  And to me this is something that I won’t tolerate, I don’t think the citizens of Warren will tolerate it,” said Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green. “I don’t buy that’s the proper way to treat a human being.  I don’t think it’s decent, I don’t think there was any reason to do it, and when I look at it – that bothers me.”

All of the charges against Gregory have been dismissed.

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  • Guess

    oops! I accidentally hit the report button.

    My only question to you is, were this a businessman brought in on a misdemeanor charge, would we condone holding him down forcibly and removing his toupee, when it was clearly NOT within normal protocol, according to police personnel??

    This anti-weave business has gotten out of control. When white folks use Bosley, Hair Club, Rogaine, etc., no one shames them because of their hair scalp issues or blames them for damaging their own hair. And of course, no one accuses them of hating themselves or ‘trying to be white’, even when the textures & colors don’t match.

    Come on people, let’s stop this…

  • Guess

    We’re “mad” that she was deliberately humiliated and assaulted, despite both actions not being withing normal protocol in this circumstance – according to their own police department personnel.

  • Marie

    Thank you for a beautiful, well written response. Up until the age of 10, my aunt was doing my hair. She pulled the edges of my hair so tight, that my hair begin to come out. Even at the age of 43, my hair is very thin on the sides. This was not of my doing. I’ve tried a few things to regrow my hair, but not much success. I have never worn weave, and I don’t plan to do so; however, I understand the reasons why they could be wearing weave, especially if they’ve had others do harm to them.

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