A policewoman recently scalped a young hairdresser was fired after she barbarically cut, pulled, yanked and ultimately scalped a young woman in a torture chair during an arrest. The victim, 22-year-old, Charda Gregory was arrested on November 14, 2013, for trashing a motel room at the Suez Motel in Warren, Michigan. Gregory, who had attended a party in Detroit the night before, believes that she was drugged at the party and had no recollection of how she arrived at the hotel.
It is unclear what prompted the initial altercation between Ms. Gregory and the police while at the hotel. However, police reports confirm that Gregory had been pepper sprayed by police before ever reaching the Warren County Police Department. Police video shows a calm but disoriented Gregory, entering the station. The young hairdresser is barely able to stand as she stumbles from side-to-side. Nevertheless, a barbaric officer, Bernadette Najor, is seen being very rough as she attempts to pat-down a wobbly young woman. The officer forcibly and violently pushes Gregory onto a bench; not once, but twice, before the scalping begins.
Although audio of the assault wasn’t available, the video clearly shows Officer Najor shoving Gregory several times. As Gregory attempts to fend off Officer Najor, several policemen forcibly drag Gregory to a restraining chair and harness her arms and legs. The video shows Gregory kicking her legs and squirming in pain as the officer viciously yanks her head backwards-and-forwards while Gregory is being tortured in the restraining chair. Officer Najor produces scissors and starts cutting, chopping and scalping Gregory’s (sewn-in) hair weave and natural hair.
Police photos of Gregory show bald patches in some places because Office Najor pulled-out her natural hair by the roots.
In her interview with WXYZ, Gregory said of Officer Najor, “She’s a very horrible person.”
Paul Misukewicz, Gregory’s attorney, said that his client “had a couple of drinks, then woke up in a strange place. Didn’t know how she got there, completely disoriented.” Misukewicz further said of Officer Najor, “She took it upon herself to get the scissors. And for whatever reason, decided that she was going to butcher my client.”
When Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green, heard of the incident, his decision to fire Officer Najor was immediate. In his interview with WXYZ, Commissioner Green said “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.”
Najor claimed that she Cut Gregory’s hair because prisoners can injure themselves and others with clip-on hair extensions because they could be used as a weapon or to commit suicide.
In his comments to WJBK, David Griem, Attorney for Warren County said “There is a policy about removing wigs, but, that doesn’t cover scalping a person.”
Though other on-duty officers did not intervene in Najor’s assault of Ms. Gregory, they did report Officer Najor’s excessive force to administration. And may still face disciplinary action.
Last month, 22-year-old hair dresser, Charda Gregory won her case against Warren County and settled out of Court for an undisclosed amount. Also, all criminal charges against her have been dismissed.
By DeBorah Heggs-Alston