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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