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.


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