Northeast Times

Cop arrested for encouraging fights

Tami­ka Gross

A city po­lice of­ficer was ar­res­ted last week for al­legedly en­cour­aging her chil­dren to en­gage in fights in the North­east.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice said Tami­ka Gross, an of­ficer in the 16th Dis­trict, was charged with en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child, cor­rup­tion of minors, simple as­sault and reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­oth­er per­son after sur­ren­der­ing to the Po­lice De­part­ment’s In­tern­al Af­fairs Unit on June 24.

Ac­cord­ing to the DA, Gross was in­volved in three in­cid­ents that took place between Janu­ary 2012 and Oc­to­ber 2013 in which she en­cour­aged or par­ti­cip­ated in al­ter­ca­tions in­volving her chil­dren.

In a June 24 news re­lease, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice stated:

• Gross, 35, en­cour­aged her 18-year-old son to fight an­oth­er teen while they were walk­ing on the 900 block of Mar­cella Street on Jan. 25, 2012. Sev­er­al oth­er fights broke out on the block and many calls were made to 911, in­clud­ing one that stated an of­ficer needed as­sist­ance. That of­ficer was Gross.

• On March 16, 2012, Gross en­cour­aged her daugh­ter to fight two oth­er teen­aged girls on Lor­etto Av­en­ue near Sanger Street. Gross re­portedly kept scream­ing dur­ing the fight that she was an off-duty po­lice of­ficer and that no one would be ar­res­ted.

• On Oct. 23, Gross and her daugh­ter ap­proached a teen­aged girl near Lin­coln High School. The of­ficer’s daugh­ter chal­lenged the girl to fight, and Gross en­cour­aged the girls to fight. Gross was cap­tured on a cell­phone video stand­ing in the crowd of people watch­ing the girls fight. The teen re­por­ted Gross punched her in the eye twice. 

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Gross has served on the force for sev­en years. She was sus­pen­ded with in­ten­tion she’ll be fired by Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Charles Ram­sey. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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