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District Attorney Seth Williams and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey publicly announced the on-going investigation by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the Police Department regarding a police officer accused of injuring teen Darrin Manning.

The 16-year-old charter school student says he was roughed up by police so bad it sent him to the hospital with injuries that could last a lifetime

"We don't normally confirm on-going investigations," District Attorney Seth Williams said. "But given the nature of this case we felt it was important to let the public know that we have been vigorously investigating this case since it occurred. "

Manning claims his injuries came at the hands of a Philadelphia Police Officer during a recent arrest.

"I think that was wrong, it was going overboard," Manning said.

Manning, a sophomore at Mathematics, Civics and Charter School, had just got off the subway with a dozen teammates in uniform on their way to play a high school basketball game.

He says the group was confronted by police at Broad Street and Girard Avenue. Exactly why the students were stopped and questioned remains unclear, but Manning says he was put in handcuffs. He then says during a pat down a female officer squeezed his genitals so hard-it ruptured his testicle.

"She patted me down again, and then I felt her reach, and she grabbed my butt. And then she grabbed and squeezed again and pulled down. And that's when I heard something pop, like I felt it pop," Manning said

Hospital records show Manning spent night following his arrest at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Manning is now facing charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

"He don't deserve no felony. He's not a bad child. He's not in the streets," his mother Ikea Coney said. She says she was instructed by a doctor to press charges.

"I believe he was sexually assaulted," said Veronica Joyner, founder of the Mathematics, Civics and Charter School.

Joyner says she was with Manning 10 minutes before the incident. She says this straight-A model student hasn't had a single discipline problem in his three-year history at the school.

"They shouldn't be able to do that to any child. But this is a 16-year-old, and that force that was used in his private area, it's sort of is concerning to me," Coney said.

Police also tell us that during the eight hours the boy was in custody he never complained of or reported any injuries.

"I have not taken these accusations or this investigation lightly," Police Commissioner Ramsey said. "If something inappropriate or illegal happened in this case we will get to the bottom of it, and make sure that the appropriate punishment is administered."

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