Officer Tamika Gross of the
Philadelphia Police Department had at least one complaint filed
against her for fighting on duty, in 2009, and was also the subject
of an internal affairs report in 2012 that noted she had “a history
of getting in off-duty incidents involving her own children when
they engage in disputes with area juveniles,”
according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Gross, however, is apparently back at it, being investigated for
jumping into a fight between her 16-year-old daughter and another
14-year-old girl, Tashiyya Higgins, at the high school. Gross’
daughter saw a picture of the other girl with her ex-boyfriend and
the two girls exchanged messages over social media. The boy was
actually Higgins’ cousin. Gross went to the school to complain that
her daughter was being harassed by Higgins but Higgins’ mother says
school officials decided it was actually the other way around,
suspending the cop’s daughter.
Is this where the officer decided to step it up as a mom and
teach her daughter a lesson about bullying? Not quite.
When Haggins and her friend walked outside the main
door later that day [after Gross came to the school to complain and
had her daughter suspended], she said, she saw Gross’ daughter jump
out of a silver Dodge Charger.
“She said, ‘Mom, that’s her right there!’ ” Haggins recalled. “Her
mom got out of the car and said, ‘Sure, you all want to fight over
an autistic boy, go ahead and fight.’ “
Haggins-Montgomery said the boy is not autistic.
Haggins said she and the other girl “got to fighting” and were
“throwing punches” while Gross and her son watched by the
Haggins recalls hearing Gross’ son say during the brawl: “Mom,
don’t jump in there, it’s not your fight.”
Gross didn’t listen, Haggins said. “I was beating her up, and her
mom jumped in and hit me in my eye,” she said. “That’s when
everyone else started breaking it up.”
During the fight, one of Haggins’ friends called her mother.
“I hear her girlfriend say ‘They jumpin’ Tashiyya, they jumpin’
Tashiyya!’ ” Haggins-Montgomery said. “All I can do is panic
because I can hear my child screaming ‘Her mom, her mom hit me!’
Haggins-Montgomery said she learned from a police supervisor who
responded to the fight that Gross is a cop.
“Even if she didn’t want to be a cop that day, she could have been
a parent and been like, ‘No. You don’t do stuff like that,’ ”
Haggins-Montgomery said. “You don’t jump in a kids’ fight. What
gave you the gall to do that? You’re a police officer. I’m sure
they train y’all on different things like this.”
“More training” may likely be the exact response of the police
department to the case. Might
work better for cops?
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/21/philly-cop-with-history-of-brawling-gets