A sixteen year old boy in Philadelphia, USA, is reported to have suffered a ruptured testicle during a pat-down from a Police Woman and may never father a child of his own, Mailonline.com reports.
Darrin Manning, 16, was with a group of teammates on their way to an after-school basketball game at 15th and Girard Streets when he was stopped by police officers.
Manning 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.
Manning, who is a straight-A student at Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School, says that he was stopped for no reason.
‘I didn’t deserve to be wrongly stopped. They didn’t – they didn’t tell me what I did,’ Manning told Fox 29.
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. And then she grabbed and squeezed again and pulled down. And that’s when I heard something pop, like I felt it pop,’ Manning said.
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.
According to Philly.com, the police report states that Manning and his friends began running away from an approaching cop but then Manning stopped and said, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong,’
Officer Thomas Purcell accosted the teen. The report says Manning struck the officer 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.
Manning is facing charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
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 today. ‘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.
Ramsey has pulled one female officer from the street until Internal Affairs completes its investigation. According to CBS, it doesn’t look like she was even involved in the struggle with they boy from footage the camera caught, but was keeping passersby from getting too close to the tussle.
Police can’t comment on the case because it’s now an internal investigation.
Supporters of Darrin Manning are planning a rally on January 23 to protest against excessive use of force and to demand the female officer who allegedly assaulted the teen be fired.