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    Police Brutality in Philadelphia leaves 16 year-old boy sexually assaulted!!


    What would you do if you learned that your 16 year old son may not be able to have kids because a police officer grabbed his penis during a stop and frisk in Philadelphia? In America, we always assumed that police officers were the one to protect and serve, however, is brutality, profiling, and excessive force apart of their job description nowadays.

    During the polar vortex in Philadelphia on January 7, 2014, Darrin Manning and his teammates, with scarves on their face to keep warm, walked to Berean Institute at 19th Girard for basketball practice from the subway when they were approached by police officers.

    Police records show that Manning fought with Officer Thomas Purcell, striking the officer three times and ripping off his police radio. Manning said he was roughed up, struck with handcuffs and then placed in those handcuffs, and the teen said a female officer pulled his genitals so hard during a patdown that one of his testicles ruptured. “She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts, and then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop,” Manning said. Each time, the police officers laughed.  Without reporting the injury or addressing his pain, Manning spent eight hours in jail while officers ignored him. After being released, he was taken to Children's Hospital Of Pennsylvania and had to have emergency surgery on his genitals. "I didn't deserve to be wrongly stopped. They didn't -- they didn't tell me what I did," Manning said.

    Veronica Joyner, Principal/Founder, Mathematics, Civics and Charter School gave the young men the scarves to keep warm because as she points out, “students are forced to take a train, a trolley and walk several blocks to practice.” However, because their faces were covered with the scarves to keep warm, the 22nd District police officers indicated that “they felt justified in their actions because “their faces were covered”! Now I never knew covering your face to keep warm in 0 below weather was a crime, but I guess to Philadelphia Police Officers, it was.

    Only getting around in a wheelchair, doctors are still paying close attention to Darrin Manning as this injury may leave him unable to bear children because her excessive squeezing dislocated his vein that enables sperm to travel to the penis and that had to be reconstructed. In addition to all of what he had to endure, and still suffering with, he is faced with charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

    With no action from our authorities, an emergency town hall meeting has been announced for Tuesday January 21st at 7:30pm at Catalyst for Change Ministries at 3727 Baring Street in Philadelphia.

    When is abuse excessive and do we need to take away the chance at giving life in order to show power?

    (Don't forget - the phone number to the 22nd Police District and PPD's Public Relations unit at 215.686.3388. Call and ask for accountability in Darrin's case)

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