Stop and Frisk goes wrong!

We have to stop this madness! The investgation continues on a incident that leaves a 16-year-old boy with ruptured private parts after a stop and frisk. Say whaaaaat? Let it be known that the case is being seen as another racial dispute, which bothers me more than the next person. Something is always happening — sad reality.  So… Philidelpia Police are being accused of beating the 16-year-old, Darrin Manning on January 7th after getting off the subway. He and his basketball team were headed to a game against Frankfort High. The subway served as transportation to the Berean Institute were the game was being held. In uniform, Manning and his teammates got off the subway at the corner of Broad Street and Girard Avenue, continuing their journey. Before he knew it, Manning found himself in handcuffs as other teammates flee the scene. He admitted to investigators that one of his teammates said something smart to the police standing near the location after noticing the policeman staring them down. I mean who wouldn’t be annoyed that someone is basically looking down their throat. Manning stopped running and told the policeman the he hadn’t done anything.

“Police records state that Manning, who is black, was stopped by Officer Thomas Purcell, who is white, after the 11-year veteran observed a group of males covering their faces with ski masks and running. The students say there were no ski masks, just the scarves given to them by Joyner, the founder of Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School. The report goes on to say that Manning began fighting with the officer, striking him three times and ripping off his radio. He was still fighting, the police report says, when the officer called for assistance. “No injuries sustained to police,” the report states.

Manning says he was roughed up, placed in handcuffs that the officer hit him with and that during a pat-down, a female officer pulled his genitals so hard 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 Manning didn’t complain of any pain while he was in custody, charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment. But Manning underwent emergency surgery the next day at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His mother, Ikea Coney, said doctors told her that her son’s injury may prevent him from fathering children” via Philly Daily News

The news continued…

“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. Others wondered if the cops would have reacted the same way if they weren’t a large group of black kids walking together. When Dan Jackson, one of Manning’s basketball coaches, went to the station to check on him, he said he asked cops: “If this was St. Joe’s Prep, would the same measures have been taken that you took on my boys? “They didn’t answer,” he said.” via Philly Daily News

I’m honestly speechless. His mother is furious and his teammates are in disbelief. I’m wondering if the divide between the police and the community will continue. Manning’s mother says that she taught him to respect the police and maybe this wouldn’t have happended if he was afraid like the other boys. I’m not surprised to hear about this happening. The name of the female officer has yet to be released. Lord knows people will hunt her down. Darrin Manning is in a wheelchair and the status of his recovery now has not been said.

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