A Warren, Michigan police officer was fired last week after she was caught on camera cutting off a young woman’s artificial hair.
The victim, Charda Gregory, was being booked into jail on charges that she trashed a hotel room. Surveillance video shows Officer Bernadette Najor and several of her colleagues pushing Gregory around for no apparent reason. Then, the officers restrain Gregory in a chair. Najor grabs a pair of scissors and begins cutting off the woman's weave.
“She took it upon herself to get the scissors. And for whatever reason, decided that she was going to butcher my client,” Gregory’s attorney Paul Misukewicz said. “I guess the best way to describe it would be sadistic. There’s absolutely no reason for it. And it’s demeaning.”
Here’s the surveillance footage:
Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green reports that Officer Najor has been fired from the department.
“There’s a real simple thing: it’s called right and wrong,” Green said. “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 – that bothers me.”
Green hopes Najor’s firing will send a clear message to Warren residents that excessive force on the behalf of Warren police officers will not be tolerated.
“The men and women of this department are high-caliber, they’re ethical, they’re moral, they consider the rights of prisoners, of the citizens they come in contact with,” Green said. “What I want to communicate to the public is, the Warren Police Department doesn’t tolerate this kind of behavior, and we take it immediate action when something occurs. We are always in the process of reviewing things that happen, and trying to make ourselves better and more responsible to the people we work for.”