A Philadelphia police officer was arrested, and “suspended with intent to dismiss” as part of an Internal Affairs/ District Attorney Investigation Tuesday, after being charged with assault and other crimes pertaining to her involvement in several fights involving teenage children.
35-year-old Tamika Gross, a seven-year veteran of the department, “encouraged and participated in fights between her children and other minors between January 2012 and October 2013,” prosecutors said in a statement.
The statement says Gross demanded that her 18-year-old son fight a 16-year-old boy who lived in their neighborhood. Then, as a result, other fights broke out on the block as officers fielded 911 calls reporting a “riot,” stating that an officer(Gross) was in need of assistance.
Prosecutors also say that Gross encouraged her daughter to fight when she allowed her to jump out of her car after pulling up to two girls, 14 and 17, on the street. During the incident, Gross reportedly screamed that there was nothing the girls could do because she was a police officer, while her daughter punched them in the face.
Additionally, at a later date, Gross and her daughter approached a 14-year-old girl near Lincoln High School and challenged her to a fight. Cell phone video was taken of the incident showing Gross punching the child twice in the eye, the victim claims.
Tashiana Haggins-Montgomery, the mother of the assaulted female, said the beef between her daughter, Tashiyya Haggins, 14, and Gross’ 16-year-old daughter began on Facebook.
Gross’ daughter saw a picture of Haggins with the 16-year-old’s ex-boyfriend and assumed the two were dating. In reality, the boy is Haggins’ cousin, and the photo was taken at a family reunion.
“I honestly thought it was going to be slipped under the rug,” Haggins-Montgomery told local reporters after Gross was arrested. “She’s been getting away with it so long it was almost like it was the norm for her.”
Gross is facing 11 total charges, including endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors, simple assault, and recklessly endangerment. Police State Daily attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.