Settlement reached in Warren "cut on camera" case

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - A woman whose hair was cut off by a Warren police officer has reached a settlement with the city.

Video of the "cut on camera" made national news.

It happened in November 2013. Police arrested Charda Gregory at a motel in Warren, where she was accused of trashing a room.

Inside the jail, video showed Warren police officer Bernadette Najor cutting Gregory's hair. Many jails remove an inmate's hair extensions because they could be used as a weapon, but Gregory didn't have extensions. Her weave was sewn into the braids on her scalp.

Najor had told the police commissioner that she did it because Gregory had threatened suicide, but the police commissioner said the explanation didn't make sense.

Najor has since been fired and criminal charges against Gregory have been dropped.

Under the settlement agreement, the city of Warren will pay Gregory $75,000 and Gregory agrees to release the city, police department and Najor from any future claims.


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