The family of 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson is demanding answers after he was brutally beaten by Alabama police and left hospitalized. The incident took place on Saturday, December 23rd and now the Troy Police Department is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation for the officers’ use of physical force during the arrest.
Ulysses Wilkerson’s mother posted the graphic images of her son on Facebook, and his bloodied skin and swollen face are hard to stomach. According to his father, “He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places.”
So what exactly happened? According to WSFA12 News, “Troy officers saw the teen walk from behind a closed downtown business Saturday around 11:52 p.m. As the officers exited their patrol vehicle and approached, they say the subject fled on foot. Police say they apprehended the teen on Madison Street but he refused to comply with officers’ demands to put his hands behind his back… Police say the subject struggled and reached for his waistband as if reaching for a weapon. Officers said this led to them using physical force to restrain him.”
However, the family and local activists aren’t buying the story. Gerald Jackson, leader of the activist group We Demand Justice, is pressuring the Troy Police Department to release body camera footage of the incident. He says the officers’ story doesn’t justify the severity of the teen’s injuries. “Troy will no longer stand for the police department’s brutality,” he told Mic.com. “The family is requesting justice for their son.”
Wilkerson was reportedly charged with obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest, however his father allegedly claims this charges were dropped. In order to protect the juvenile involved, police said no additional information will be released by SBI until their independent review of what happened is complete.
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