Pennsylvania National Action Network Calls on District Attorney to Drop Charges Against Darrin Manning
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Pennsylvania National Action Network Calls on District Attorney to Drop Charges Against Darrin Manning Pennsylvania National Action Network Calls on District Attorney to Drop Charges Against Darrin Manning Document Transcript

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paula Peebles (215) 765-6181 office (215) 869-0166 cell paulapeebles@yahoo.com Pennsylvania National Action Network Calls on District Attorney to Drop Charges Against Darrin Manning Philadelphia Police Stop-and-Frisk Violated 2011 Consent Decree Philadelphia, PA – January 23, 2014 – A juvenile court judge today set a March 7, 2014, trial date for Darrin Manning, a 16-year-old student at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School charged with, among other things, aggravated assault and simple assault following an unconstitutional stop-and-frisk by the Philadelphia police. “It’s a travesty of justice a straight-A student with no history of discipline problems is now caught up in the criminal justice system,” said Paula Peebles, Chair of the Pennsylvania State Chapter National Action Network (PA NAN). “At a time when he should be preparing for the Keystone exams and playing varsity basketball, young Darrin has to prepare for a criminal trial.” “We call on District Attorney Seth Williams to drop the charges,” said Matthew Smith, Sr., President of PA NAN. “I worked in the juvenile justice system for 25 years. The Philadelphia police violated the consent decree entered into in 2011. The Assistant District Attorney did not produce a scintilla of evidence police officers had a ‘reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct and that the frisk [was] made only where there [was] reasonable suspicion that the person stopped is armed and dangerous.’” PA NAN will file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. We will ask the Justice Department to review the 75-48A form, Department Pedestrian Investigation Report, to determine whether it states a legal ground for the stop and frisk. The rupturing of Mr. Manning’s testicles meets the “triggering thresholds for retraining, enhanced supervision, or discipline of officers who engage in unconstitutional stops and frisks or who violate PPD policies or procedures governing these practices.” Peebles added: “As a mother, I understand the pain and trauma of Ikea Coney. She did everything right. She raised a young man who would make any mother proud. Now she has to help him navigate the criminal justice system. PA NAN will bring the noise until these trumped-up charges against Darrin Manning are dropped.” About Pennsylvania State Chapter National Action Network: The Pennsylvania State Chapter National Action Network is a nonprofit organization incorporated for the purpose of advocating for equal education opportunities and equal justice under the law; promoting policies
  • and initiatives to reduce gun violence, racial profiling and “stop and frisk” policing; and fostering civic engagement by hosting public forums, rallies and other nonpartisan events. For more information, visit www.pastatenan.org. About National Action Network: The National Action Network is the nation’s leading civil rights and human rights organization, with chapters throughout the United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. For more information, visit www.nationalactionnetwork.net.