Darrin Manning was charged with resisting arrest, assaulting an officer and reckless endangerment.
Manning told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the incident began after about a dozen members of his basketball team got off the subway wearing hats, gloves and scarves given to them by a teacher.
Manning told the Inquirer that one of his teammates may have said something smart to a police officer who was staring them down. When the officer approached, they ran, but Manning stopped after running for a short distance.
Police records state that Manning was stopped after Officer Thomas Purcell, an 11-year veteran, observed a group of males running with their faces covered with ski masks.
The students, however, maintain that they were never wearing ski masks, just scarves given to them by Veronica Joyner, the founder of Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School.
The police report states that Manning fought with the officer, struck him three times and ripped off his radio. Manning was still fighting with Purcell when the officer called for assistance, according to the report, yet the officer sustained no injuries.
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