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.