Policewoman pats down teenager, ruptures testicle


Philadelphia police have launched an internal investigation after a teenager allegedly suffered a ruptured testicle during a pat-down.

Darrin Manning, 16, was with a group of teammates in uniform on their way to an after-school basketball game at 15th and Girard Streets when he was stopped by police officers.

Manning, a straight-A student at Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School, says he was handcuffed and patted down by a female police officer, who grabbed and pulled his genitals. He underwent emergency surgery the following day.

"I didn't deserve to be wrongly stopped," Manning told Fox 29. "They didn't - they didn't tell me what I did."

While he was handcuffed, Manning says, one of the officers assaulted him.

"She patted me down again, and then I felt her reach, and she grabbed my butt," said Manning. "And then she grabbed and squeezed again and pulled down. And that's when I heard something pop, like I felt it pop."

He spent eight hours in jail after the alleged attack, but police say he never reported any injuries.

The next night, Manning spent the night at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he underwent emergency surgery on his genitals, hospital records show.

Doctors say he may never be able to father children.

"I blame myself,' his mother said, crying. "I taught my son to respect cops, not to fear them. Maybe if he was afraid, he would have run like the other boys and he would have been OK."

The police report states that Manning and his friends began running away from an approaching cop.

But then Manning stopped: "I didn't do anything wrong," he said.

The report says Manning struck Officer Thomas Purcell three times and ripped off his radio. Purcell called for assistance.

Manning says he was handcuffed, roughed up and then patted down by a female officer who he says caused his injury.

A witness said that she watched the confrontation, intrigued because of the excessive force.

"There were all these cops and cops cars, and one kid," she said.

Manning is facing charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

He and his mother, Ikea Coney, have retained the services of an attorney.

"He's in shock," said attorney Lewis Small. "It's such a tragedy to happen to, you know, a young man like this who's going to be scarred, whether it's physically scarred, which is a possibility, but certainly mentally scarred his entire life."

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday that Manning and his mother haven't filed a complaint nor spoken with the Internal Affairs division about the incident.

"We want to know what happened," Ramsey said.  "This is a young man with no history in terms of negative contact with the law.  My understanding is he is a good student.  I don’t know what took place, and I’m not in a position to say at this point in time because I don’t have all the facts."

According to CBS Philadelphia, Ramsey showed reporters video of the incident, but the coverage was unclear because the camera was set to pan across the intersection every 10 seconds.

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1/24/14 6:29 AM by angryinch

"According to records from Internal Affairs obtained by Philly.com, Officer Purcell has had complaints in the past regarding false arrests. In a 2008 and 2009 case, he was cleared of any wrongdoing." Typical.

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1/24/14 6:26 AM by tontobalboa

This story is nuts!If they get a settlement, you know it will be spent on some jewels for the family.

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1/24/14 5:55 AM by JIMMYNAKS

If this goes to court, I hope it doesn't end with a...... Hung jury

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1/24/14 5:28 AM by zetti

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29Update:Pennsylvania teenager Darrin Manning started his day excited to play in a basketball game. It ended with the 16-year-old under arrest and in excruciating pain in a horrific case of alleged police brutality, now under investigation by Internal Affairs.Philly.com reported the Jan. 7 ordeal, when Manning and the other members of his high school basketball team got off a bus to go face their rivals. Veronica Joyner, founder of the Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School in Philadelphia, gave her student athletes hats, gloves and scarves on the especially cold day.As the students were walking into the gym to play their game, Manning said that one of his teammates may have made a snide remark to Officer Thomas Purcell with the Philadelphia Police Department, who was on patrol in the area. The officer began walking towards the group, and the kids sprinted away. Manning told Philly.com he started running too, but then stopped."I didn't do anything wrong," Manning told the publication.According to a police report, Purcell stopped Thomas after he said he saw a group of black males running away with ski masks. The students said they were wearing scarves, not ski masks.Soon after being stopped, Manning -- who has no history of discipline problems and is a straight-A student -- was arrested for aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and reckless endangerment, My Fox Philly first reported.According to the report, Manning allegedly fought with the officer, hitting him three times and ripping off his radio. Despite this, the report says "no injuries sustained to police."Manning said a female officer came to pat him down as he was being arrested. Manning claims he was sexually assaulted and brutalized by that officer, who has not been named."She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."Manning suffered a ruptured testicle and screamed in pain. The following day, he underwent emergency surgery and is now in a wheelchair as he recovers.His mother, Ikea Coney, said the injury may prevent her son from fathering children."I blame myself," Coney said. "I taught my son to respect cops, not to fear them. Maybe if he was afraid, he would have run like the other boys and he would have been okay."As part of the Internal Affairs investigation, police said they wanted to speak to Manning. The teen's attorney, Lewis Small, said that is out of the question."I'm not going to allow my client to sit down and give a written statement," Small said. "That's in effect malpractice by any attorney while criminal charges are outstanding."The family is fighting to get rid of Manning's criminal charges before they take further action regarding the alleged brutality. Police are declining to comment on the incident while the investigation continues. According to records from Internal Affairs obtained by Philly.com, Officer Purcell has had complaints in the past regarding false arrests. In a 2008 and 2009 case, he was cleared of any wrongdoing.Manning spent eight hours in jail before being released. When basketball coach Dan Jackson went to the station to check on his player, he asked the cops why they went to such extremes."If this was St. Joe's Prep, would the same measures have been taken that you took on my boys?" Jackson asked.He said the officers in the station ignored his question.

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1/23/14 4:13 PM by stevekt

I wish she had arrested Bieber.

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1/23/14 4:07 PM by Str4nger D4nger

*high five

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1/23/14 3:43 PM by Ham and Egger

Kid looks like the asthmatic kid from malcom in the middle. My... nut....got......crushed.

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1/22/14 11:20 PM by I0thCatchJitsu