Last November, 22-year-old Charda Gregory went to a party in Detroit, where she claims she was drugged. The next thing she knew, she was being arrested for trashing a hotel room in nearby Warren, Michigan. She was taken to jail at the Warren Police Department. At some point during the arrest, she was pepper-sprayed.
But what happened at the police station was caught on video and it’s surprising to see. Officer Bernadette Najor brings Gergory into the holding area can be seen treating her roughly. She and three other officers then set up and straps her into this type of restraint chair. Then Najor gets a pair of scissors and chops off Gregory’s weave.
After the video came to the attention of Warren police officials, Officer Najor was suspended and then fired. Police officials say they do ask prisoners to remove clipped-in long hair extensions, so they can’t be used as a weapon or to commit suicide. But a weave is different, and Police Commissioner Jere Green says what Officer Bernadette Najor did was not a proper use of force.
“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,” Green told WXYZ news Detroit.