WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Cut on Camera: a local cop – yanking a young mother’s head back and hacking off her hair.
7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo has the exclusive story behind an incident inside the Warren jail that was caught on video.
At many jails, prisoners are required to remove hair extensions that clip in because they could be used as a weapon or to commit suicide.
But Charda Gregory didn’t have clip in extensions. She had a weave that was sewn right into her real hair.
Charda Gregory is a young mother who loves her hair. And this 22 year old hair dresser loves changing her style often by using weaves.
But Gregory’s hair changed dramatically after an encounter with a Warren Police Officer.
Even though there’s no audio on the video from inside the Warren Jail, you can see Gregory kick her legs and writhe in pain as the officer plunges scissors into her hair, hacking away at the weave that was sewn into braids on her scalp.
So how did this all begin?
“I was confused. I didn’t know what happened and what was going on,” said Gregory.
Gregory says on November 13, she went to a party in Detroit, where she believes
someone drugged her.
Paul Misukewicz is her lawyer:
“She had a couple of drinks, then woke up in a strange place. Didn’t know how she got there, completely disoriented, said Paul Misukewicz, Gregory’s lawyer.
That strange place was the Suez Motel on 8 Mile in Warren, where Gregory got arrested for trashing a room.
By the time she was brought in to the jail lock-up on the top floor of the Warren Police Department, Gregory had been pepper sprayed, but she appears calm.
It’s clear in the video that Gregory can barely stand as she comes face to face with Officer Bernadette Najor.
“She took it upon herself to get the scissors. And for whatever reason, decided that she was going to butcher my client,” said Misukewicz.
As Officer Najor pats Gregory down, the officer pushes Gregory against the wall twice.
Suddenly Najor starts going for Gregory’s hair. The officers struggle with Gregory, dragging her over to a restraining chair to tie down her arms and legs.
Officer Najor starts yanking Gregory’s head from side to side, chopping out chunks of hair. It takes 3 full minutes before Najor gives one final yank and removes what’s left of Gregory’s weave.
Gregory tells us in some places she now has bald spots because Najor ripped her real hair