PHILADELPHIA, PA–He was the only one who didn’t run. Now Darrin Manning may never father children after his encounter with a police officer earlier this month.
While on his way to a basketball game after school, the straight-A student and his teammates had an encounter with officer Thomas Purcell. Apparently one of the teammates may have said a snide remark to the officer, who then approached them. The boys ran, but Manning stopped and stayed. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said to Philly.com.
What happened next is hard to believe. Darrin was handcuffed, frisked, and his genitals were pulled and twisted with such force by the female officer that they literally tore off.
“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.
Manning is being charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest. The charges have outraged Manning’s mother, Ikea Coney. “He’s not a bad child. He’s not in the streets.” Manning’s principal, Veronica Joyner, said Manning is a model student with no history of wrongdoing. “I believe he was sexually assaulted,” she said.
After Manning underwent surgery, the doctor told Coney she should press charges. The family is working to clear Manning’s criminal charges before they take further action against the police department. “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.”
Police say that they are conducting an internal investigation into the incident, but claim that while Manning was in custody, he never complained of his injuries. “I’m just glad they didn’t kill him,” Manning’s mother said. Apparently in an encounter with police, you’re lucky just to walk away with your life.