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Teen resisted arrest, led to use of physical force

29 December 2017

According to police, Troy officers saw the teen walk from behind a closed downtown business Saturday around 11:52 p.m. When they tried to speak to him, he fled leading to a foot chase that ended here, on Madison Street. Police say that the teenager refused to comply with their orders and reached behind his back as if to retrieve a weapon.

"During the arrest, the juvenile was injured, and was transported directly to Troy Regional Medical Center", the SBI said in a statement, adding that an investigation is underway into "the use of force" by the officers. Officers said this led to them using physical force to restrain him. "The force used was reasonable and necessary".

The police later retraced Wilkerson's steps and recovered what they report was a discarded handgun.

The gun has been submitted to be processed for evidence, WSFA reported. His parents are now demanding answers.

City of Troy Police Chief Randall Barr request for the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to conduct an independent investigation was approved.

The Troy Police Department has requested that the State Bureau of Investigation "conduct a formal independent investigation" into the arrest. The ambulance came to take him to [the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital].

Lt Heath Carpenter told BuzzFeed News that the investigation is still "open and active".

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The Wilkerson family is asking for body and dash camera footage to be released. A swollen face. Cracked eye socket.

"Troy police officers did this to my son while he was in handcuffs", Angela Williams, Wilkerson's mother, wrote in a on Facebook. In fact, little is actually known as to what actually happened.

The Troy Police Department claims that something "vastly different" happened.

According to Anderson, Ulysses had surgery on his orbital socket on Christmas Eve.

Numerous 61,000 shares of the Facebook post said they were outraged.

WDHN reached out to the Troy Police Department and to the Troy mayors office, neither would comment.

Wilkerson's father also shared the photos of his son on Facebook.

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"The family is adamant about the community staying engaged to help seek for justice for their 17-year-old son", the lawyers said. "This is not just a matter of black and white; it is a matter of humanity", the two firms said in a joint release Thursday afternoon.

He was charged with obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

She added that the first thought in her mind was, "I hope they are not beating him".

Some of the officers involved in Ulysses' arrest were not wearing body cameras, and one officer was wearing one but did not turn on the device, Anderson said.

Fortunately, video and audio of the incident from other sources does exist. "They took the handcuffs off of him and dropped the charges on him".

Since the case has gained national attention, civil rights activists plan to stage a demonstration outside the police department on December 30, the Rev. Al Sharpton posted on Facebook.

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Teen resisted arrest, led to use of physical force