by Kenneth Lipp
*Editor’s note: The video presented here is edited and enhanced for clarity, a link to the original video posted by the Philadelphia Police Department is in the article. The original recording pans from corner to corner every 10 seconds, making it difficult to focus on the events. A better cumulative picture, we believe, can be found in looking at a continuous stream of action. -K
Police Commissioner Ramsey released a video to the press which the Department recently uploaded to their Youtube channel, it shows some of the January 7th encounter between Philadelphia Police officers and 16-year-old Darrin Manning. Manning is charged with assault, resisting arrest, and reckless endangerment after the incident in which he says he was assaulted by a female police officer during a “pat-down.” Manning’s trial is set for March 7th in Courtroom F, Family Court.
The whole video on the Philly Police YouTube channel is over an hour long, with about 18 minutes of recording during the Manning encounter, and perhaps 4-5 minutes of frames showing relevant action. It was recorded by a Philly Police surveillance camera on the northeast corner of 15th St. at Girard Avenue.
The following video is a little over 8 minutes long and comprises the substantial action concerning the arrest of Manning. It begins with a view to the east down Girard Avenue from the camera on 15th Street, and shows a group of boys running from the direction of the subway, quickly followed by a Philadelphia Police van, and ends after the police cruiser in which the teen is eventually transported leaves the scene.
After you first see a subject slammed against the police van (00:38), you then see a struggle away from the vehicle (00:45) and back, then you see Manning crawling, apparently handcuffed, on his back away from officers (01:00).
A female officer, presumably the officer against whom Manning is alleging assault, is a prominent figure in the recording, she can first be identified at about 01:23 swinging her baton on the northwest corner of 15th and Girard, and a few seconds later chasing off a bystander who seems to be yelling and attempting to record.
The female officer is also seen leading Darrin Manning away after he is taken out of the police van and across Girard to a police car on the southeast corner. Here an inexplicably extended frisking with several officers takes place against the cruiser, wherein the action is not easily discernible.
An additional camera which is located at Girard Avenue and Carlisle Street may have recorded additional footage, the police department has not released any video from the location.