June 24, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office charged 35 year old Tamika Gross with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (EWOC), Corruption of Minors, Simple Assault, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (REAP) for her participation in a number of fights involving her teenage children. Tamika Gross is a Philadelphia Police Officer assigned to the 16th District.
On several occasions between January of 2012 and October of 2013, Tamika Gross accompanied, encouraged, and participated in altercations between her children and other minors. The first of these fights took place on January 25, 2012 when Gross walked with her 18 year old son to the 900 block of Marcella Street. Gross then demanded that her son and a 16 year old boy who lived on the block fight. Shortly after that fights broke out on the block between several groups of young men, and police were called to respond to the scene. Numerous calls were made to 9-1-1 about the fight, and one radio call reported that there was a riot on the street and that an “officer needed assistance,” it was determined that the officer in need of assistance was P/O Tamika Gross.
In March of 2012, Tamika Gross was present for another fight involving one of her children. On March 16, 2012, a thirteen year old girl and her 17 year old sister were walking near Loretto Avenue and Sanger Street when a car driven by P/O Gross pulled up and Gross’ daughter jumped out. Her daughter then began punching both girls in the face, while Gross encouraged her daughter to fight. According to the victims, Gross kept screaming during the fight that she was an off duty police officer and that no one would get arrested.
P/O Gross is accused of encouraging and participating in another fight. On October 23, 2013, Gross and her daughter approached a 14 year old girl near Lincoln High School. Gross’ daughter and the girl had previously engaged in a verbal dispute at school. Gross’ daughter challenged the girl to fight, with Gross encouraging the juveniles to fight. P/O Gross was captured on cellphone video standing in the crowd of people watching the girls fight. The girl reported that Gross punched her twice in the eye before the fight ended.
Tamika Gross turned herself in to Internal Affairs this morning, and she is currently being processed by police.