Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Ulysses Wilkerson's Family Wanting Answers

Ulysses Wilkerson's Family Wanting Answers

Patterson said the first thing that came to mind was - "I hope they are not beating him".

Wilkerson was released from UAB Hospital in Birmingham, but remains under medical observation and could possibly undergo surgery after more swelling goes down.

The post stated that officers saw Wilkerson coming around the corner of a building in downtown Troy when they tried to speak to him.

Ulysses Wilkerson was spotted by police officers as he emerged from behind a closed business in the city's downtown on December 22, Buzzfeed News reported.

Police said when they approached Wilkerson to question him, he took off running.

"I thought it was important for the state to. give an independent assessment of the matter", Reeves said in a statement. His father says that police told him otherwise. He was taken to a medical facility with serious injuries.

Passerby Brittany Patterson told WDHN she saw officers surrounding Ulysses after the chase and said the boy appeared unconscious as she drove past the scene. Her post has been shared 80,000 times, with many expressing outrage over his condition.

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The statement further said, "City of Troy Police Chief Randall Barr requested the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) conduct an independent investigation into the use of force by his officers".

"From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice", he added.

Ulysses Wilkerson was arrested by Alabama cops on Saturday night, and needed to be hospitalized.

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WSFA reports that the gun that was found is now in the possession of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and is being processed as evidence.

Images of Wilkerson's battered and bruised face went viral on Facebook over the weekend.

"I just want everyone to come together and get justice for my baby you know", said Ulysses Wilkerson, father of Ulysses Wilkerson Jr.

Troy Police told WDHN that the charges against Wilkerson, obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest, had not been dropped. On his Facebook page, Sadot Wilkerson has called for justice for his son using his son's moniker "FatDaddy".

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They have also yet to release the body and dash camera video.

Facebook/Sadot WilkersonSadot Wilkerson posted this photo to Facebook, claiming it shows one of the officers who beat up his son.

It is also unclear whether or not Wilkerson is being charged with a crime.

For 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson, his Christmas Eve was spent handcuffed to a gurney inside the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital for wounds that left his face deformed.

The family of a Troy teen injured recently during an arrest has retained a Dothan law firm as well as a defense attorney known for representing parties in high-profile civil rights cases.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation says they are conducting an investigation into the force used by the Troy Police Department officers.

In order to protect the juvenile involved and the integrity of the investigation, no additional information will be released by SBI until this investigation is closed. All of those files have been given to Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson, who told CNN he has yet to have a chance to look at them.

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