Supporters continue fighting for Darrin Manning, as rally is called off

Surveillance footage of incident at 15th Street and Girard Avenue on Jan. 7
Police vehicles surround the intersection of 15th Street and Girard on Tuesday, Jan. 7. A teenager has said his genitals were injured by aggressive officers during the incident. Credit: PPD

A planned rally on Thursday for Darrin Manning, the teenager whose testicle was reportedly ruptured during a rough pat-down by a female police officer, isn’t happening, but supporters are keeping up the fight.

“The status was hearing held last week. The charges were not dropped. His trial date is set for March 7,” said Faye Anderson, press liaison for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Action Network. “So we have indeed filed a complaint on Monday … with the local FBI office.”

Manning, 16, a student at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School, claims he was arrested for no reason near 15th Street and Girard Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 7. He says his testicle was ruptured by a female officer during an arrest and later required medical attention.

However, Manning was arrested and is reportedly charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

“The original stop was an illegal stop. There was no reasonable suspicion to stop them for being bundled up and running on a record cold day,” Anderson said. “Do police always stop young people bundled up on a record cold day?”

The FBI Philadelphia office has not yet responded to requests for confirmation of Manning’s report.

A “Justice for Darrin Manning” rally was scheduled last Thursday. It was postponed due to cold weather for one week, but now the postponed rally has been called off as weather conditions are still not optimal.

Anderson added that a petition has been created at, and the Pennsylvania National Action Network is calling on D.A. Seth Williams to drop charges against Manning.

“We’re serious about this. It’s beyond Darrin. It’s the whole culture of treating young black men as criminals,” Anderson said. “Here was a straight-A student with no criminal involvement, no criminal record, now he’s got a criminal record, he’s on the way to the criminal justice system.”

In the meantime, Anderson said, Manning is doing well after his encounter with police and back at school.


Follow Sam Newhouse on Twitter: @scnewhouse

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.


PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.