Philadelphia Teen Alleges Severe Abuse During Police Pat-Down
The 16-year-old straight-A student underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured testicle after the incident on Jan. 7.
Manning and his high school basketball teammates were dressed for the
cold when they hopped off the subway on Jan. 7, wearing hats, gloves and
scarves given to them by a teacher, the Raw Story reports.
But the 16-year-old student at Mathematics, Civics & Sciences
Charter School in Philadelphia found himself in a quandary when one of
his classmates may have smarted off to an officer who was staring them
down, according to the article, which cites the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Things became complicated when the boys ran as the officer began
approaching, sparking a chain of events that left Manning with a
ruptured testicle and misdemeanor charges. He says he did nothing wrong.
But police records show that Manning, who is black, fought with
Officer Thomas Purcell, who is white, after he stopped running, striking
the officer three times and ripping off his police radio, the Raw Story
says. Police say the boys were wearing ski masks, not scarves.
Manning, however, said he was roughed up, hit with handcuffs before
being handcuffed and then, he said, a female officer pulled his genitals
so hard during a patdown that one of his testicles ruptured, the report
“She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private
parts, and then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and
I felt something pop,” Manning said, according to the Raw Story.
Police said the teen didn’t complain of any pain while in custody,
and authorities charged him with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest
and reckless endangerment.
Manning had emergency surgery the following day, and his mother told
the Philadelphia Inquirer that doctors told her he may never be able to
father children. The student used a wheelchair at school a few days
after the incident.
His mother, Ikea Coney, said witnesses support her son’s account, and
at least one witness told the Inquirer that she thought police officers
were being aggressive, the report says.
“I blame myself,” Coney said, the report says. “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 OK.”
“We want to know what happened,” Ramsey said. “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.”
A lawyer for the family has said that the family would speak to
police only after they drop the misdemeanor charges Manning, the report