Prosecute former police officer Najor for wrongly assaulting a victim, to the fullest extent of the law.
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On November 12th, 2013, 22-year-old Charda Gregory went out to a party, had a few drinks, then suddenly blacked out. On November 13th, she woke up in a strange, trashed hotel room. Assuming she'd been drugged and likely raped, Gregory called the police. However, when the police showed up they arrested her instead of taking her to the hospital to investigate and document the rape.
Then, at the jail, police officer Bernadette Najor assaulted Gregory. Najor tied Gregory down to a chair and began forcibly starting cutting off Gregory's hair against her will. Najor finished by yanking out what was left of Gregory's weave, pulling out chunks of her hair by the roots. Gregory now has bald spots.
This assault and torture, together forming a probable hate crime, were captured on video by the jail's security camera. Although the camera did not capture any audio, the video clearly shows that A) Gregory was not a threat to the officers in any way, and B) Najor's actions were willfully and viciously abusive.
While it's common at many jails for clip-in hair extensions to be removed, because they can be used as a weapon or to commit suicide, Gregory's extensions weren't clip-ins — they were sewn, firmly, into her hair, and not required to be removed by policy.
The truth is that the forcible cutting and pulling out of Charda Gregory's hair had nothing to do with policy, and everything to do with a purposeful abuse of power.
Although Bernadette Najor has been fired for her actions, so far she has faced no further repurcussions. Gregory is currently pursuing civil recourse, but it's obvious that more needs to be done: Najor is a perfect example of grotesque racism and police brutality, and the case itself is too perfect an example of systemic racism and abuse to not appeal for criminal prosecution.
All charges against Charda Gregory have been dismissed, but that is not enough. Mayor James R. Fouts, Police Commissioner Jere Green, and Criminal Division Chief Daniel L. Lamisch — we ask that you investigate and pursue prosecution of ex-police officer Bernedette Najor to the fullest extent of the law. Her actions against victim Charda Gregory were reprehensible. They represent a terrible abuse of power — up to the point of torture, how else would you describe ripping out someone's hair leaving bald spots? — by law enforcement and, if left unpunished, a track record of systemic abuse within your jurisdiction.
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