Fam­ily ques­tions ex cop’s ac­quit­tal dur­ing 15 minute trial

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

PHILADEL­PHIA — The fam­ily of a girl who ac­cused a former po­lice of­fi­cer of punch­ing her is an­gry that a Philadel­phia judge held a 15-minute trial and didn’t hear clos­ing ar­gu­ments be­fore ac­quit­ting the ex-of­fi­cer of as­sault. The Philadel­phia Inquirer re­ports Tamika Gross was found not guilty at Fri­day’s bench trial. She had been ac­cused of punch­ing the girl dur­ing a fight be­tween the girl and her own daugh­ter in 2013. The girl’s mother, says no po­lice of­fi­cers were called to tes­tify at the trial, de­spite sev­eral be­ing present. In 2014, Gross was charged in two other cases in­volv­ing fights with mi­nors and was fired. Wit­nesses in those cases didn’t ap­pear for trial so the charges were dropped.

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