Warren Michigan police officers were caught on camera, strapping a 22-year-old mother into a chair and cutting off her hair. The officer with the scissors, Bernadette Najor, can be seen hitting the young mother, before having her restrained. The video shows her grabbing the woman’s hair, repeatedly jerking her head back, while she hacks off the woman’s weave.
Najor has been fired. All of the male officers, who can be seen helping to restrain this young woman, remain on the police force. Every one of them stood by while this was done. None seemed shocked, upset or even concerned about what is happening two feet away from them.
Here’s the video.
The woman may have been a victim of rape.
There’s more to the story as well. The young mother in the video, Chandra Greggory, had been at a party in Detroit earlier in the evening. When she woke up in a Motel with no idea how she got there, she told police she thought she had been drugged. Instead of investigating a possible rape, it appears that the cops arrested Greggory instead. She was accused of destroying the hotel room. All of the charges against her have been dropped. If she is telling the truth, this young woman was a victim of abduction and possible rape, just prior to being abused, restrained and humiliated by the Warren police.
Did the arresting officers investigate her rape claim on the night of the incident? Did they check her system for rape drugs? Did they take her to the hospital, call in a sexual assault advocate or gather evidence of a possible rape, at the hotel room? Did they talk to possible witnesses who had also been at the party?
When a woman says she has been drugged and raped, the police are required to investigate. Not only did they not do that, they further assaulted and demeaned her.
What is going on in Detroit?
Watching how the police treat this young mother is both shocking and infuriating. It is a chilling reminder of the abuse of power which people can lay upon each other.
Warren is the largest suburb of Detroit and the third largest city in Michigan.
Just a little over a week ago, the republican Executive Director of Oakland County, Michigan, another suburb of Detroit, suggested that Detroit be turned into an ‘Indian reservation,” but for black people.
“I made a prediction a long time ago and it’s come to pass. I said what we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it and then throw in the blankets and the corn.”
He later clarified his statement, saying that his comment was in reference to black people, not Indians.
In another suburb of Detroit, Gross Pointe, it was brought to light that police were humiliating mentally disabled black men. Videos show cops telling the men to sing, dance, walk like chimps and perform other demeaning acts. The men were recorded and the videos were circulated among friends and family members of the officers involved, along with racist messages.
Detroit is currently under an extreme law, written by Republicans and Tea Party members in the Michigan legislature. The law allows the governor to legally strip the citizens of their right to elect local government. It allows the state’s republican governor, Rick Snyder, to remove duly elected representatives and appoint hand picked representatives in their place. During the summer of 2013, the Governor’s hand-picked emergency manager shut off power to a large part of the city of Detroit, on the hottest day of the year. He later admitted, on camera, that it was done to teach the citizens of Detroit “a lesson.”
Every police officer on this tape should be fired, now.
Now we have a video that shows an entirely white police force, abusing and restraining a woman who had been at a party in Detroit. It is clear that a great deal of physical force was used against this innocent woman. The 22-year-old mother’s hair was cut so close to the scalp that she now has bald spots on the top of her head.
Not all of the officers seen in the video participate in the act of cutting the woman’s hair. Yet not a single cop appears disturbed or upset over this incident. This implies that human rights violations are a matter of routine for these cops. Only one has been fired.
Warren police say they are ‘investigating” the incident and the other officers who were present. What is to investigate? To stand silently by while someone else mistreats another human being, when your job is to protect the public, is not excusable. It’s clear what they did to help this woman. All of them helped put her in the chair. One of them helped tie her legs. After that, they went about their business, as if there was nothing at all unusual going on.
There is no place, no excuse, for such abuse of power from the city’s police force.