By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
1.23.14: Philadelphia – (Politics/Activism): Darrin Manning, the 16 year-old black honor roll student whose testicles were crushed by a white female officer during a stop-and-frisk on January 7th, limped into court this morning along with his mother, principal, members of his basketball team and coach. Although Manning – who on the day of the incident had his face covered with a scarf to protect him from the arctic blast – required emergency surgery on his genitals after his encounter with three white officers, he is facing charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest, while the officer in question – who’s name hasn’t been released – has been assigned to desk duty.
And while an internal affairs investigation is underway, Manning’s attorney, Lewis S. Small, is calling for a federal investigation as he is convinced that this is not only a racially motivated incident, but that the City of Philadelphia has violated a federal order by frisking a citizen who they didn’t believe was armed and dangerous.
Small notes that there’s no legal reason Commissioner Ramsey can’t release the name of the white officer who Manning claimed squeezed his testicles so hard that he heard a popping sound. He also says: “the female officer should be arrested.”
During the preliminary hearing – in which Judge Richard Gordon issued a continuance until March, 7th, 2014 – Small requested the original video of the incident as well as all of the reports collected by Internal Affairs – the judged obliged. In the meantime, Small, in addition to activist Paula Peebles, Chairperson of the Pennsylvania State Chapter of the National Action Network, are trying to meet with District Attorney Seth Williams to have him drop the charges against Manning – they’ve been unsuccessful thus far.
“We requested a meeting with Seth Williams ten days ago and haven’t heard anything back,” says Peebles, who in her opinion believes this case represents “excessive use of force and abuse of power!”
Barely able to speak between tears and emotions, Manning’s mother, Ikea Coney, pleaded with the community to pray that the outrageous charges facing her son are dropped. She reveals that Manning has been having nightmares every night and doesn’t know what to do about this situation. She admits he’s worried about losing his scholarship opportunities, but more importantly that he loves children and really wants to start a family one day – Manning maybe sterile due to the incident; doctors are watching him closely.
Before giving into silence, Coney says: “All we want is justice!”
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About Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
A Philly Drummer playing a Global Beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.
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