A 16-year-old high school student out of Philadelphia was allegedly viciously assaulted while being handcuffed by a police officer during an arrest that he says was unwarranted.
According to Philly Daily News, Darrin Manning was stopped by police after he and his teammates exited a subway station while they were on their way to play a high school basketball game. According to reports, one of the students possibly made a snide remark to the officers who Manning says were staring them down, and when one in particular approached, Officer Thomas Purcell, the young men ran off. Manning ran at first and then stopped, saying he did this because “I didn’t do anything wrong.” The teen was then confronted by Purcell, and according to a police report, Officer Purcell claimed he got into a scuffle with the student. Manning shared with Fox News that he was put in handcuffs and then patted down in a graphic manner by a female officer, who pulled on his genitals. He stated:
“She patted me down again, and then I felt her reach, and she grabbed my butt. And then she grabbed and squeezed again and pulled down. And that’s when I heard something pop, like I felt it pop.”
The officer allegedly squeezed his test*cles so hard, one ruptured. After spending eight hours in jail that evening, the next day, Manning had emergency surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and his mother says doctors told her that it could affect his ability to have children in the future.
After the incident, Manning’s mother, Ikea Coney, shared her anger with reporters:
“I’m just grateful that they didn’t just kill him. The doctor told me, ‘You need to press charges,’ and that just alarmed me.”
Despite his injuries, Manning faces charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. The founder of his high school, Veronica Joyner, says that Manning has straight-As and never had disciplinary problems. The family is fighting with their lawyer to get Manning’s charges dropped.
The police force in the 22nd district in Philadelphia said there will be an internal investigation on this incident but they also shared that while Manning was in their custody, he did not complain of any pain. On a side note, according to the Huffington Post, Officer Purcell had complaints brought against him in 2008 and 2009 for false arrests. He was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Below is the news report on this story. What do you make of all that Manning went through?