The Outrageously Inhumane Treatment of Darrin Manning by Philadelphia Police

Thanks to Caleb for doing a wonderful job reporting on this.  I had copied a news blurb in Open Discussion, but this article is a full report.  (Caleb clarified that he did not write the content but got approval to present the content on his blog.)  Thanks Caleb, for taking that time.

United States Hypocrisy

The following piece is reprinted with permission from LiberationNews.org:

Philly police assault 16-year-old basketball player

Darrin Manning requires emergency surgery on genitals

By Ethan Jury
JANUARY 18, 2014

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…

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  1. Yes, I read of this today. What is it going to take to make this stop? I think there will be revolution in our country, just not for the reason most folks think..

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    • Like a man said at the city council meeting in Fullerton regarding the verdict of the cops who killed Kelly Thomas, people are now more afraid of cops than they are of criminals.

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    • I certainly hope so.. I feel that it is the only way to put an end to this terror.

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      • Caleb, I pray we see change.

        I pray that we all can come together to stand up and speak out against these injustices to bring about that change.

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        • Me too. Sadly, it’s as if the pain has to be more widespread into other communities for others to begin to understand. Otherwise, a lot of ppl who don’t experience or know ppl who experience these things find it easy to point blame at the victim and lionize the police as “just doing their job” and all that other b.s.

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          • You speak the truth on that, Caleb. Wish it weren’t so.

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          • Yes, and there’s this whole dynamic of how we are conditioned to think that cops = good guys and criminals = bad guys, but in truth “criminal” is only a label used by the State while many of the most vile ppl are the folks who wear the badge and garner an undue amount of respect.

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          • I don’t want to get into ideologies.

            All I wish to assert is that all of us as citizens and taxpayers expect to get value out of those we hire and expect them to fulfill their job description.

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          • Also, that those committing a crime are prosecuted.

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  2. I love the new colors!

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  3. I posted this earlier in my facebook. it is disgusting. what is going on with the police? they do this, they beat up an 84 yer old man for jaywalking. what is going on?

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    • Dr. Turi says it’s in the stars. At times I think the stars are in the minds of people who should never be deputized neither own a gun.

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  4. This female officer needs to be prosecuted. I am so angry!

    The level of her depravity is sickening! There should be a huge lawsuit against her!

    I had better take a break because I have quite a bit more to say.

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    • Yahtzee, say on.

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      • As a mother, I would be so heartbroken if that happened to my child. I would feel that the police department had allowed a mentally ill woman to serve on their force without screening her appropriately when she had applied to work for them. I would sue the PD and her personally.

        I would cry to God and be in so much pain.

        This is how I am feeling for all of the mothers who have lost their sons to the violence of racist police officers and racist private citizens.

        It is weighing heavily on me tonight. How much MORE it constantly weighs on my fellow citizens in the Black community….and, it has for decade upon decade for four hundred years. I am so sick about this. I so want to help. I so want to change our society. 😥

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        • And then you have the police brutality that is not racially motivated…Kelly Thomas, the 84 year old jaywalker in NYC, the kid beaten and police-dog-bitten in Atlantic City….

          Are good policemen scared of the bad ones? Are the good policemen too scared to speak out against the bad ones? It so, WHY???

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    • “NO to Injustice! NO to Brutality! NO to Inequality”

      There is a fog slipping in.
      A murky mist, faint but steady,
      Stealthily creeping in and around.

      But we can see it!
      We know its motive!

      Let’s disperse it!

      Breezes of Truth can dispel it.
      Waves of Love can toss it out.

      Warmth of heart
      Strength of purpose
      Light of love

      Our unity in goodness
      Our unity of purpose
      WILL have an effect
      WILL bring about change
      For the better!
      For restoration!
      For the sunrise!

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  5. Hi Xena…haven’t posted in a while,hubby & I have had the FLU & haven’t felt like doing anything.I have been trying to read some & of course you have had some awesome things posted on here.All of this RACIAL PROFILING & POLICE BRUTALITY has got way too out of hand here lately.I swear I feel like we have gone back to the damn 50’s!! I had to get up & make a comment on this because I’m so fed up!
    Recently I have been thinking of my Great Grandmother.They had a cotton farm here in Texas,so you can imagine the horror stories she used to tell me.She taught me to speak up & LOVE the ones who had been kept silenced for too many years.I was one of the lucky ones who grew up in a family who was color blind.Since we were white,we lost some friends,but as Daddy would would say,they are not the kind of people we would want as friends anyway.Now here I am about to turn 65 & feel like I need to speak up even LOUDER,especially here lately!! I don’t know WHAT is going on.I lost my great grandmother in 1973 at the age of 106 yrs old,lost Daddy in 1993,they would be so upset with all of this.My Mom is still here at 89 & she says she thinks alot of this craziness is because we elected President Obama.She thinks there are more people still mad at this fact who are not willing to admit it.She has had to deal with it even at her age in some of her circles.Here lately Mom & I have talked about race problems on a daily basis.It wasn’t always this way.I will climb down from my ranting stool now & get back under the covers.Everybody stay well.I will keep reading.
    Yahtzee…Thank You for posting We are the World….we need a milllion people like HIM in this world about now!

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    • YW, Marilyn, and thank you so much for expressing what you are feeling.

      I embrace you and your goodness.

      May all of us join our hands and our hearts together now in the belief that we CAN make a difference.

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    • Marilyn wrote this about her Great-Grandmother:

      She taught me to speak up………we LOST some friends, but as Daddy would say, they are not the kind of people we would want as friends anyway.

      This is what we White members of our society need to do. We can only begin to create a better tomorrow for our country when we DO speak up NO MATTER what consequences might be dished out to us by White friends, acquaintances, and members of our communities.

      We must remain FIRM in our commitment, and we must be so GENUINE in our commitment that we are WILLING to sustain loss. We must have an understanding ahead of time what losses we might sustain (economic, slander against us, friendships, ostracism, and harassment) as we commit to being supporters of Black justice and equality causes.

      I just found something that I wrote in the past:

      Until Whites are informed and pre-trained before entering an equality cause to know the long history of the White Supremacists’ game plan of picking off White supporters of Black justice causes, and until they are trained to know what to expect and how to be strong in resisting the threats, I fear it is all too likely that White supporters will “fold” as they, at times, have done in the past.

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      • We must teach our children, our grandchildren, our godchildren, and our nieces and nephews.

        We must personally provide them with an understanding of the African American experience in America.

        We must personally provide them with an education of the Civil Rights Movement.

        We must teach them about the potential for reactive tactics by racists and White Supremacists and strengthen them to ENDURE with RESOLVE such tactics.

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        • It is for us and each following generation to maintain and move forward the Civil Rights advances of the past.

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    • Hey Marilyn!!!

      Sorry to hear that flu paid your household a visit.

      All of this RACIAL PROFILING & POLICE BRUTALITY has got way too out of hand here lately.I swear I feel like we have gone back to the damn 50′s!!

      It never actually stopped. There have been and are communities where residents don’t call the police neither tell them anything if someone does call, because they are all too aware of abuse. Some handle things in what is referred to as “common law.” That doesn’t make it right; two wrongs never make a right; and it neither honestly projects statistics on crime either. The statistics get the second wrong without the first wrong that was never reported.

      We’re hearing more about it because we’ve moved into an electronic communications age. Also, we’re hearing more about it because there are now lawyers who are willing to represent victims to exercise their constitutional right to seek the government for redress of grievances.

      They had a cotton farm here in Texas,so you can imagine the horror stories she used to tell me.

      The longer I live, the more I learn. Until last year, I had not thought of Texas as the south. Someone who was born and raised in Texas told me there were Jim Crow laws there. I had not known.

      My Mom is still here at 89 & she says she thinks alot of this craziness is because we elected President Obama

      I agree with your mom and will add, it’s not only because Barack Obama was elected President, but because the lies and slander of those not wanting him elected failed. They regurgitated those same lies in 2012 and they failed again.

      Here’s sending you all positive and good thoughts for you and your hubby to get and stay well.

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  6. Hey Xena. I didn’t actually due the write-up on this one. I just copied and pasted it from LiberationNews.org with credit given. I wanted to get the word out about this nightmarish story as quick as possible so I didn’t have time to do my own but the author shares my sentiments all the same.

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  7. We, as individuals united together, in order to PREVENT injustice, must anticipate tactics used by racists to turn the clock back and also what might occur if those in power allow police brutality and gun violence to exist.

    There is STRENGTH in our Unity!

    1. We must not allow members of Congress to be bought off by the gun lobby.

    2. We must start up citizen OVERSIGHT of police departments.

    3. We must boycott the media outlets and their advertisers that allow the White Supremacists’ agenda to be broadcast in the attempt to advance it.

    4. We must insist that the voting rights of ALL citizens are guaranteed.

    5. We must demand an end to the stereotyping and profiling of our fellow Black citizens.

    6. We must speak up and defend a Black person or any person of color anytime we witness that person being targeted by discrimination or racism.

    7. We must demand justice when there is a hate crime or a crime involving the violation of a victim’s civil rights.

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    • Dr. Rex on her blog has posted about the Ripple Effect. Here is a video that she posted with a quotation by Mother Teresa:

      >I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples
      Mother Teresa

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  8. WPAS Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s Lincoln Memorial Performance

    http://washingtoninformer.com/news/2014/jan/24/wpas-commemorates-75th-anniversary-marian-anderson/

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  9. “Rally for Darin Manning postponed, as teen gets court date”
    January 23, 2014
    http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/news/local/2014/01/23/rally-for-darin-manning-postponed-as-teen-gets-court-date/

    Charges against a teenager who claims he didn’t commit a crime and was the victim of police brutality proceeded today towards trial after a hearing at Philadelphia Family Court.

    Darin Manning, 16, a student at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School, had his trial date scheduled for March 7, CBS reported…….

    ……he is reportedly charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

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    • From the following link:
      http://blackinamerica.com/cgi-bin/blog.cgi?blog_id=261410&cid=1

      Darrin Manning, a 16-year-old Black straight-A student and star athlete in Philadelphia, was with his friends heading to a school basketball game when they were stopped by the police. The police encounter quickly turned violent: Darrin claims that an officer handled him so aggressively that his genitals were injured, forcing him to have emergency surgery and possibly leaving him infertile.1

      Darrin’s shocking mistreatment and assault by police is shameful, yet the Philadelphia District Attorney, R. Seth Williams, is continuing to press charges against Darrin in court.

      This case is catalyzing the Philadelphia community to speak out against the aggressive targeting of Black folks by the police and sparking national media attention, shining a light on the long history of the brutality perpetrated against Black and brown communities by the Philadelphia Police Department.2 If we act quickly and speak out against this injustice, we can make sure the District Attorney feels the pressure to drop the unfair charges against Darrin.

      Please join us in demanding Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams drop the charges against Darrin and investigate the officers involved. It only takes a moment.

      Darrin and his friends were simply heading to a basketball game when the police decided that they were “suspicious” and tried to stop them, as they do to so many young Black and brown men. The group started running away, but Darrin says he stopped running and tried to comply with police orders because he hadn’t done anything wrong. Then according to Darrin, an officer violently patted him down and “grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop.”3

      Darrin’s story points to the ways that constant, baseless street stops subject our communities to police harassment and violence, which can so often turn lethal. Despite a court order to reduce it, Philadelphia continues to use Stop and Frisk at a very high rate,4 meaning countless other young men like Darrin face these invasive stops as part of their daily lives.

      Darrin was the victim here, but he continues to face three misdemeanor charges.5 National outrage over Darrin’s mistreatment is growing, so if we act quickly we can make sure the outrageous charges are dropped and that the officers responsible for this cruel act of violence are held accountable.

      Please demand that the District Attorney drop the charges against Darrin and hold the officers involved accountable. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

      Thanks and Peace,

      –Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Aimée, Jamar, and the rest of the ColorOfChange team
      January 25th, 2014

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  10. Sharon Burney

    Xena thanks for your ongoing and continuing fight in the struggle. I also applaud the information regarding strategizing the fight for persons of color and whites, as you have heard me say numerous times, it is not enough to be passionate but understand the true history in this country, and be cognizant of our racial conditioning. To not be so adamantly afraid of the possibility of being labeled a racist, but to confront the notion that we have been conditioned through the nations pervasive systematic oppression. Police brutality is not being addressed because of the advent of privitization of prisons and jails, and these privately owned prison businesses, have contracts with the states, which has to ensure they keep them full. Want to address the police brutatlity put the prison owners and funders or blast, the politicians who support endorse and get donations from the legislature that perpeturates the prison business, and the paperwtrail. There is a whole movement the Dream Defenders are addressing called the prison pipeline agenda, which defines the culture where the streamline children of color and low income children straight into the prison system. That is where the fight should start.

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    • Defenders are addressing called the prison pipeline agenda, which defines the culture where the streamline children of color and low income children straight into the prison system.

      That is where the fight should start.

      Thanks for this advice as to where to pour my energy into as I talk about White Privilege to people.

      Do you have any statistical charts (a link) that I can use which make the point clearly
      that Whites have the advantage of not being targeted by police in the war on drugs…especial for possession of a small amount?

      I have listened to Michelle Alexander’s interviews as well as reading her articles. I have her book also….

      Should I just use a graph like this one?

      (Aministrator’s note. The graph will not embed because it is in png format. Sorry.)

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      • Sharon,
        I also found this article:

        The Top 10 Most Startling Facts About People of Color and Criminal Justice in the United States
        A Look at the Racial Disparities Inherent in Our Nation’s Criminal-Justice System

        http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/03/13/11351/the-top-10-most-startling-facts-about-people-of-color-and-criminal-justice-in-the-united-states/

        7. The war on drugs has been waged primarily in communities of color where people of color are more likely to receive higher offenses. According to the Human Rights Watch, people of color are no more likely to use or sell illegal drugs than whites, but they have higher rate of arrests. African Americans comprise 14 percent of regular drug users but are 37 percent of those arrested for drug offenses. From 1980 to 2007 about one in three of the 25.4 million adults arrested for drugs was African American.

        8. Once convicted, black offenders receive longer sentences compared to white offenders. The U.S. Sentencing Commission stated that in the federal system black offenders receive sentences that are 10 percent longer than white offenders for the same crimes. The Sentencing Project reports that African Americans are 21 percent more likely to receive mandatory-minimum sentences than white defendants and are 20 percent more like to be sentenced to prison.

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    • Sharon,
      Thanks so much for your comment.

      Re:

      There is a whole movement the Dream Defenders are addressing called the prison pipeline agenda, which defines the culture where the streamline children of color and low income children straight into the prison system. That is where the fight should start.

      I have not had the experience to talk to others about the prison pipeline, but I have had the experience of talking to people after they come out of it. Some employers who conduct background checks can and do often discriminate. There can be two job applicants with the same qualifications and education, who both were arrested and sentenced for the same crime, but one is hired and the other rejected because of the conviction.

      I was shocked when a convicted felon was hired to work at a convenience store-gas station, but a man arrested and the case dismissed by the State was rejected for the same job because the arrest is on his background check. The convicted felon is Latino. The man whose case was dismissed is Black.

      More has to be done to assist people in expunging arrest records when cases are dismissed and to have those records expunged at no charge.

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  11. Yahtzee, that’s my heart, it’s your heart, and it’s the heart of many others.

    Flying Butterfly

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  12. Let’s hope that there isn’t permanent damage to Mr manning. Im pretty sure he wasn’t any kind of threat to the officer. However ,the officer felt the need to attack his genitals. Unfortunately this is a historic pattern of cruelty that we’re dealing with. Let’s hope that at 16 Manning isn’t becoming a eunuch. Dr Francis welsing gives the best analysis on this kind of attack.

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  13. Sharon Burney

    Greetings Xena and Yahtzee…here is some information on the Dream Defenders, not sure if you are aware of this young group, but they staged the sit in at Govenor Rick Scott’s office to get him to address the Stand Your Ground, it was a great movement of college students and i am so very proud of their work. They are also working (specifically also in Polk County Florida) trying to address thie pipeline to prison initiative

    Click to access Dream-Defenders-School-to-Prison-Pipeline.pdf


    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/tsr/education-under-arrest/school-to-prison-pipeline-fact-sheet/
    http://dreamdefenders.org/trayvonslaw/
    hope this uploads correctly and is informative.

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  14. Sharon Burney

    One more statistic for you Yahtzee :In the five year period between 2006/7 and 2010/11, across the state of Florida, an average of 52 % of black male juveniles were tried as adults for crimes they had committed. Angela Corey tried an average of 70%. The same state over the same time period tried an average of 25% of white male juveniles as adults for crimes that they had committed, Angela Corey, on the other hand, tried an average of 18%.

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    • I just came back to this page, Sharon.
      Thanks for these statistics, I will keep them at my fingertips by having them in my notebook.
      Also, thanks for the links above. I am off now to explore them.

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