Philadelphia police are looking into claims made by 16-year-old Darrin Manning that a patdown during a stop-and-frisk may have injured his genitals and, left him sterile. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia police have launched an internal investigation.
In early January, Manning, a sophomore at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School, was leaving the subway with a group of friends. They were heading to play at a high school basketball game when, street cameras show, police officers confronted the group. The specific reason for the stop has not yet been reported. During the encounter, however, Manning alleges that a female officer squeezed his genitals so hard it ruptured his testicle. He tells FOX 29 news:
“She patted me down again, and then 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’s principal, Veronica Joyner had given hats and scarves to the group of teenagers 15 minutes before to ward off the January chill. She believes that Manning, who received emergency surgery on the night following his arrest, was sexually assaulted.
The police, according to FOX 29, say that Manning never complained of injuries during eight hours spent in custody. He still faces three misdemeanor charges: reckless endangerment of another person, simple assault, and resisting arrest.