Darrin Manning of Philadelphia is the latest face of a young African-American male who is alleging misconduct from his local police department, a case gaining national attention. The 16-year-old is suffering from serious genital injuries after he says a female officer brutally sexually assaulted him during a pat down.
The details Darrin gives from the Jan. 7 stop-and-frisk incident are squeamish. "She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said to the Philadelphia Inquirer last month. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."
At the same time, Darrin is fighting multiple assault charges, as a police report states he struck a male officer three times during the stop-and-frisk incident. On Thursday, a juvenile court judge set his trial date to March 7.
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Action Network is calling for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to drop the allegations against Darrin.
"It's a travesty of justice a straight-A student with no history of discipline problems is now caught up in the criminal justice system," said Paula Peebles, Chair of the Pennsylvanian State Chapter NAN in a statement. "At a time when he should be preparing for the Keystone exams and playing varsity basketball, young Darrin has to prepare for criminal trial."
The organization said they will file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case and whether the police officer had legal ground to stop-and-frisk Darrin. A video showing some of the incident is currently under investigation by Philadelphia police Internal Affairs.
Darrin was on his way to a basketball game with a group of teammates who noticed police staring them down. As the cop approached the group, they ran. Darrin ran, too, but was stopped by a male officer. He said he was handcuffed and the female officer groped him hard enough to rupture one of his testicles.
Police records state the officer saw the group of males covering their faces with ski masks and running. The students say there were no ski masks, just scarves given to them by their charter school. No police were injured in the incident.
On Thursday, a rally held during Darrin's court hearing called for the immediate arrest of the female cop who assaulted Darrin and for the Justice Department to further investigate the excessive use of force by the Philadelphia police department.
Darrin is an honor-roll student at the Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School. But his family worries that the incident will affect his college and scholarship opportunities.
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