Target: Police Commissioner Jere Green
Goal: Fire and press charges against police officers that allowed their coworker to tie a woman to a chair and forcibly cut her hair weave off
Recently, a young mother named Charda Gregory was arrested in Warren, Michigan after she was found disoriented in a trashed hotel room. Despite the woman’s claim that she had been drugged and was suffering from trauma after being dragged into the trashed hotel room, police officers tied her to a chair and violently hacked off her hair under the flimsy pretense that she might use her weave to commit suicide while in containment. Video of the incident shows the heartlessness of the officers as they methodically cut the hair of the crying, desperate woman.
While it is protocol for officers to ask prisoners to remove clipped-in long hair extensions before they are put in a cell, there was absolutely no precedent for the actions of these officers and no logical reason to cut the woman’s weave out. It was extremely cruel and unusual punishment, especially when the woman was trying to report an unlawful drugging that made her noncompliant.
The police officer who cut the hair, Bernadette Najor, was originally placed on leave and then fired for the incident, but none of the three other officers who helped restrain Gregory to the chair or who stood by watching the event take place have been disciplined or fired for this egregious abuse of power. A woman’s hair, and especially an African American woman’s hair, is an extremely sensitive cultural button to toy with, and these officers were absolutely ruthless and abusive in their handling of the situation. Any officer who would stand by while their colleague openly and viciously breaks protocol and abuses power in such a sadistic manner should be disciplined at the very least.
Please sign this petition to demand that the three officers involved in the assault of this woman be identified and disciplined appropriately.
Dear Police Commissioner Jere Green,
Recently four of your police officers, including Bernadette Najor, restrained a Chandra Gregory to a chair while Najor cut her weave out of her hair after they were caught on a police surveillance camera. While Bernadette Najor was fired for this grave infraction, none of the other three officers have yet been identified to the public or disciplined for their part in allowing a fellow officer to assault a prisoner.
We, the American public, quite often trust police officers with our very lives. We trust them to handle guns and other lethal weapons in order to protect us. But how can we trust the police if you keep officers on the force who would allow a colleague to abuse and humiliate us? Please strictly discipline or fire all police officers involved, immediately. Such dangerous bullies do not belong on the police force pay roll.
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