Update: Warren Cop Cuts Hair of Arrested Woman
January 30th, 2014, 5:07 PM
Update: Thursday, 10:15 p.m.: The incident happened in November, WXYZ reports. Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green says the officer who cut the hair, Bernadette Najor, had initially been placed on leave and was eventually fired. Charges against the victim, Chadra Gregory, who had been arrested for trashing a motel room, were dropped.
Other officers may be disciplined, Fox 2's Ron Savage reports, but no other firings are expected.
Thursday afternoon article:
This is almost incomprehensible.
WXYZ's Heather Catallo reports that a Warren police officer put a young mother under arrest in a restraining chair and hacked off her weave.
WXYZ posted a video that shows officers restraining Charda Gregory. Then one officer uses scissors to cut off her artificial hair that was sewn into a braid on her scalp.
“I was confused. I didn’t know what happened and what was going on,” Gregory said, according to WXYZ.
Catallo reports that Warren police 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.
WXYZ's website says:
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,” said Green.
-- Allan Lengel