Ulysses Wilkerson's Family Wanting Answers
- Author: Joey Payne Dec 30, 2017,
Dec 30, 2017, 0:23
He was apprehended after a foot chase and police said Wilkerson failed to comply with officers' commands to put his hands behind his back.
The town's police chief has requested an investigation into his officers' use of force.
Wilkerson continued to struggle with officers and kept reaching toward his waistband "as if he was attempting to access a weapon", according to Barr. Buzzfeed reports that, in a statement, the Troy Police Department has deemed the use of force as "necessary".
It later turned out Wilkerson was unarmed, but police say they recovered a discarded handgun along the teen's path.
Troy police referred questions about charges to the SBI, which declined to answer specific questions and re-sent CNN a news release it had provided the network the day before.
"We will do everything in our power to seek justice for Ulysses Wilkerson, an African-American teenager who was brutally beaten at the hands of police in Troy, Alabama, on the night of December 23", Crump and Fowler said in a statement.
A 17-year-old teen was left battered and bruised Saturday during a police encounter in Troy, Alabama.
SBI said during the arrest, the juvenile was injured, and was transported directly to Troy Regional Medical Center. He was later transported to University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, and subsequently released. The agency sent officers to Troy to conduct interviews and collect evidence, the SBI said in a statement. The police department and the mayor's office would not initially respond to the beaten. Carpenter noted that the "SBI does not have the ability to place any member of another department on leave".
District attorney Tom Anderson said there is police body camera footage of the incident, according to CNN.
The hospital pictures Williams took of Wilkerson's severely swollen and bloodied face went viral on Facebook, bringing national attention to the incident. "Please share this", Angela Williams wrote, "shit happening in Troy Al now".
Wilkerson's mother's Facebook post has been shared almost 100,000 times at the time of writing. "We will not settle until we know the truth behind the brutal beating of my dear son and until these police officers are held accountable for their crimes".
"From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice", said Wilkerson Jr. The family is adamant about the community staying engaged to help seek justice for their 17-year-old son. "This is not just a matter of black and white, it is a matter of humanity". He was charged with obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest.
Patterson said the first thing that came to mind was - "I hope they are not beating him". At least one of the officers has received threats on Facebook, the prosecutor said.
A rally is planned Saturday in Troy.
Gerald Jackson, a leader with Alabama's We Want Justice Now who has been working with Ulysses' parents, said on Facebook that the teen was walking with a friend and "feared for his life, safety, and ran from the police".