A Michigan police officer was fired after she placed a young mother in a restraining chair and chopped off her weave.
WXYZ obtained exclusive video of the incident in which a female officer shoved Charda Gregory into the chair, strapped her down and cut the hair that was braided into Gregory’s scalp. At several jails it is protocol to remove clip on extensions because they can be used as a weapon or to commit suicide. But Gregory’s weave was sewn into her real hair.
Gregory, a mother and 22-year-old hair dresser, said she often uses weaves to drastically alter her hair styles.
And there’s video of Gregory kicking and writhing in pain as the officer hacks into her hair.
So by now, you’re probably wondering how Gregory came to be arrested in the first place. Well, on November 13, Gregory went to a party in Detroit where she claims someone drugged her. Her lawyer, Paul Misukewicz said: “She had a couple of drinks, then woke up in a strange place. Didn’t know how she got there, completely disoriented.”
Gregory woke up in a hotel room and was arrested for trashing a room. By the time she was brought into the jail, Gregory had been pepper sprayed but she appeared calm. In the video, you can see that Gregory is disoriented and can barely stand when she came in contact with Officer Bernadette Najor.
As Najor patted down Gregory, she pushed her against the wall twice. And from there it only got worse. That’s when Najor went for Gregory’s hair. She dragged Gregory to the chair and tied her arms and legs down.
She started yanking her head from side to side, chopping out chunks of hair. She did this for 3 minutes.
Now, Gregory says she has bald spots where Najor pulled her real hair from the root.
“She’s a very horrible person.” Gregory said of Najor.
Gregrory’s lawyer said, “I guess the best way to describe it would be sadistic. There’s absolutely no reason for it. And it’s demeaning.”
Police commissioner Jere Green said, “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…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- it bothers me.”
Green also said Najor’s explanation of the suicide attempt didn’t make sense. As soon as Green learned about the incident he placed Najor on leave and she’s since been fired.
Though he couldn’t go into detail, Green acknowledged that this wasn’t Najor’s first offense. WXYZ discovered that in 2010, she was suspended for being “untruthful.”
Najor could not be reached for comment and when WXYZ approached her near her car, she threatened to call the police.
Because of what happened in jail, all charges against Gregory were dropped.
The other officers who were present during Gregory’s haircutting incident are still under investigation.
You can watch the graphic video below.