A 16-year-old Philadelphia “model student” says he was assaulted by police, leaving him with injuries that could leave him permanently unable to have children.

On a record cold day in January, at the heart of the polar vortex that left much of the country frozen, Darrin Manning’s teacher made the fateful decision to give the kids on the high school basketball team hats, gloves, and scarves so they wouldn’t freeze on their subway journey to the gym where they practiced. Ten minutes later and one of those students will have experienced a horrific injury at the hands of the law.

What Manning’s teacher couldn’t have known was that Philadelphia police were going to deem that winter clothing suspicious and confront the boys for being up to no good.

Manning says that one of his teammates may have said something smart to the cops (these kids are teenagers, after all), but when the cop approached them they got scared that they would get in trouble – so they ran. Manning ran with them. But then he stopped. He hadn’t done anything wrong, so what did he have to fear?

At this point, Manning’s account and the cops’ account begin to diverge. Police say Manning resisted arrest and struck the officer repeatedly, though no injuries to officers were reported by the police. Manning says he was roughed up, placed in handcuffs and during a pat-down a female officer pulled on his genitals so hard that one of his testicles ruptured.

“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.”

Police say that during his arrest, Manning didn’t complain of any pain, but never the less, the next day Manning underwent emergency surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The injury, doctors warned, could prevent him from every having children.


Manning’s mother, Ikea Coney, started to investigate what happened. She said she believed her son’s story, but didn’t want to falsely accuse the officers of something they didn’t do. With her resolve to get to the truth, she went to the scene and asked witnesses what they saw. According to her, the people she talked to corroborated her son’s account.

A reporter working for the Daily News tracked down witnesses as well and found that they backed Manning’s account, as well:

One woman who said she watched some of the confrontation, but who feared retaliation if I used her name, said the incident caught her attention because it seemed excessive.

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

Teachers and friends are shocked by the incident. Many refuse to believe Manning would be one to cause trouble. In his time at the Mathematics, Civics and Charter School, Manning has never had a single disciplinary problem.

Police told local news network Fox 29 News that they were looking into the incident and that an internal investigation would be launched in the following days.

Police are given a wide latitude when it comes to stopping people they deem suspicious.

Just last year, Philadelphia police came under fire when a video went viral on the internet that showed two officers stopping two men walking down the street because they said “hello” to someone sitting on some steps.

“Why were you talking to him?” the officer identified as Philip Nace of the 25th District is heard after approaching the men from his vehicle. “You don’t say ‘Hi’ to strangers.”

“Not in this neighborhood,” his partner of the same North Philly district adds. [source]

The two men were frisked, interrogated and denigrated by the cops. At one point, the when the officers learn that one of the men was from New Jersey, he tells the man to go get out of Philadelphia.

That video, along with other incidents of police misuse of their power, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania said they were filing a case against the Philadelphia Police Department.

That case is still in the legal system, mean while people like Darrin Manning continue to be assaulted.

Watch Fox 29 News’ coverage of Manning’s story here.



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