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Teen reportedly suffers brutal injury during patdown, charged with resisting arrest

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A 16-year-old straight-A student in Philadelphia reportedly suffered a ruptured testicle as a result of a police patdown and was then charged with resisting arrest.

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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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Manning said that he was roughed up by police and placed in handcuffs that the officer used to hit him.

During the patdown, Manning said that a female officer pulled his genitals so hard that it ruptured one of his testicles.

“She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts,” he said to the Inquirer. “And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop.”

While police say that Manning did not complain of any pain while in custody, he underwent emergency surgery the next day at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Doctors said the injury may prevent him from fathering children, according to his mother Ikea Coney.

Coney said that she asked eyewitnesses what actually happened and they backed up her son’s account.

The reporter, Helen Ubinas, said that many corroborated Mannging’s story when she canvassed the street this week.

The unnamed officer has been reassigned to desk duty while an internal affairs investigation takes place, Ubinas said on Twitter.

A town hall meeting about the case will also take place on Tuesday:


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One Response to Teen reportedly suffers brutal injury during patdown, charged with resisting arrest

  1. Jay Kenney January 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    ENOUGH! I pray that the “officer” is discharged. This kind of “police conduct is inexcusable. No matter what the provocation of a 14 year-old. Hope the family files suit.


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