Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said that his office would investigate 16-year-old Darrin Manning’s claim that a female police officer seriously injured his testicles during a stop-and-frisk.

During a news conference on Thursday, Williams said, “when allegations are made about misconduct from a police officer, it erodes the public’s trust of law enforcement.”

From Police One:

Lewis Small, the boy’s lawyer, said Thursday that he was encouraged by Williams’ involvement in the case and said his client would give a statement to the District Attorney’s Office next week. […]

Manning, a student at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School, said that during a search, the officer grabbed his genitals and pulled, causing a testicle to rupture.

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has also launched an Internal Affairs investigation. He said the department had encountered a “lack of cooperation” from Manning and others who were with him when he was stopped by police in January.

He was charged with reckless endangerment, simple assault, and resisting arrest after police stopped him on his way to a school basketball game.

His court date is scheduled for March 7.

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