Ulysses Wilkerson's Brutal Beating Leads To Investigation Of Alabama Police Department

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When they tried to speak to him, he ran off, prompting a foot chase. "The subject continued to struggle with officers and kept reaching toward his waistband as if he was attempting to access a weapon; all while repeatedly ignoring officers' commands to stop resisting and give them his hands".

The statement continues, "Officers had to use physical force to affect the arrest". Police said they used an amount of force "reasonable and necessary" to contain the situation.

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.

When asked for more details about the encounter, the Troy Police Department referred the NewsHour to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.

A 17-year-old teen was left battered and bruised Saturday during a police encounter in Troy, Alabama. During the arrest, the teen was injured and transported to Troy Regional Medical Center, the statement said.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the matter. Chief Barr's request was approved and Agents from SBI immediately responded to Troy, conducting interviews and collecting evidence.

The investigation is still "open and active", Lt. Heath Carpenter told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, though he could not confirm whether the police department had put any officers involved on leave. Where is the body camera footage?

The hospital pictures Williams took of Wilkerson's severely swollen and bloodied face went viral on Facebook, bringing national attention to the incident. Following the beaten, Troy police officers who were involved in the incident were not transparent with the teen's family.

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Facebook Sadot Wilkerson The image being shared by many of Wilkerson’s friends

Suffering facial injuries Wilkinson was transported to a Birmingham hospital. She added: "Please share this".

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

In a separate news conference, called for Friday at 4 p.m., the Pike County branch of the NAACP says it will call for an "immediate and comprehensive review of the City of Troy Police Department's policies, procedures, practices and conduct".

Ulysses Wilkerson Jr., Ulysses' father, told WKRG that his son suffered trauma and swelling to his brain along with a cracked eye socket. "This is not just a matter of black and white, it is a matter of humanity", attorneys said.

Wilkerson was charged with obstruction of governmental operations and resisting arrest, but his father told WDHN that the charges were dropped. I hope that they body camera was on and they haven't told me shit yet. At least one of the officers has received threats on Facebook, the prosecutor said.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that Ulysses was admitted to the emergency room on December 24 and was discharged the same day.

Activist Gerald Jackson, who is helping to organize a peaceful rally to take place in Troy on Saturday, wants to know why Wilkerson was stopped by cops in the first place.

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