The Outrageously Inhumane Treatment of Darrin Manning by Philadelphia Police

The following piece is reprinted with permission from

Philly police assault 16-year-old basketball player

Darrin Manning requires emergency surgery on genitals

By Ethan Jury
JANUARY 18, 2014

Darrin Manning in a wheel chair after Philadelphia police sexually harassed him
Darrin Manning in a wheel chair after Philadelphia police sexually harassed him

Darrin Manning, a 16-year-old high school basketball player was brutally assaulted by police Jan. 7 in Philadelphia, receiving emergency surgery on his genitals following the arrest.

Manning had been walking to a basketball game with his entire team, wearing hats and scarves given to them by their principal to protect them from the cold, when they were approached by police, sending the group running—all except Manning, who felt he had done nothing wrong.

Police allege that they had observed a group of males covering their faces with ski masks but this is clearly another case of racist profiling by police that has become a common theme throughout the country.

Manning was stopped by a police officer who alleges that he then became violent, but the arresting officer reported no injuries. Manning was then assaulted by a female officer who violently patted him down, grabbing his buttocks and then squeezing his genitals so hard that 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.” (

What happened to Manning is an outrage. The supposed purpose of the police is to “protect and serve” the people, but all over the country poor communities and people of color are routinely terrorized by highly armed police forces. In actuality, the police protect and serve the interests of the wealthy capitalist class.

Racist-AmericaThe people of Philadelphia need to organize against this injustice! In New York and California communities and families victimized by police brutality have joined in fierce fight back movements against terror by racist police departments. Recent victories such as the near reversal of the notorious Stop and Frisk practice in New York shows the value of uniting in struggle.

We need to organize and fight back against this epidemic of police brutality. No more children from our communities should become the victims of vicious cops!

– End all curfew and stop-and-frisk practices!
– Jail the cops responsible for Manning’s assault!
– Community control over the police!

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14 thoughts

  1. Sad all those people died around Civil Rights, so their children and children’s children can return to the same climate. This is actually the 1940s.

    1. OK??? I just said as much in a post to a piece I posted last night..From a lawyer Sista saying out loud(and I co-signed) STOP killing our Black men..Now this..OMG..Do you know how hard someone had to squeeze to rupture his testicle??? This is the same treatment back in the day on the slave selling blocks..I , for the life of me, don’t understand why this evil sentiment won’t die..They keep breeding the hate in their babies..And that is WHY racism hasn’t died. I’m going to stop right there cause I’ve got nothing nice to say on this matter.

    2. Yes, exactly! That’s something I find so many ppl don’t really get because we’ve been conditioned to think, “gee, aren’t things so much better now that we live in a less racist America?” The cops are every bit as brutal toward Black ppl as they were before the Civil Rights Movement, and still don’t face any repercussions. This generation faces the same amount of racism and hostility as those that came before it; it only manifests itself differently. Although in this case it looks awfully similar!

      1. I know. And it is conditioning, unfortunately.

        I have to agree, this generation faces racism and hostility that is comparable to times before civil rights were established and it is a tragedy on so many levels.

        Yep, it DOES (look awfully similar, this case). 😦

        1. Have you ever read this book called “Slavery By Another Name” by this guy, I can’t think of his name right now, but it’s about the convict lease system in the South in the post-civil war years. PBS recently did a documentary version of it. But it’s like this Southern system starting in the 1980’s with the so-called “war on drugs” has been truly internationalized in the prison industrial complex in our era.

          1. Douglas A. Blackmon. *Looked it up.*

            I saw something about it on Tumblr though. I need to go plop myself down in front of tv every once in blue moon (miss PBS and History channel). But been trying to bust out projects when I am off here.

            Anyway, seeing things about this on blogs. That’s going on my ‘read it,’ list.

  2. “AmeriKKKa is racist as hell.” I am ashamed to say this is true. I wish it were not – but it is.

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