Seventeen-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson was beaten by police in Trpy, Alabama, on Dec. 23 and the African-American teen’s family wants answers.
Ulysses Wilkerson Jr. , Ulysses’ father, told WDHN:
He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places.
Sadot Wilkerson, Ulysses’ mother, shared an image of her injured son and a caption which went viral on Facebook and caused outrage:
As y’all can can see troy police officers tried to kill my son he has massive swelling and they can’t start surgery until swelling goes down need help with lawyer names and numbers justice for my son love you fattdaddy daddy on da way rite there wit you and please help if this can b put on da news
“From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice,” Wilkerson Jr. said.
The police claim that Ulysses was walking behind a closed business, cops approached him on foot, but the teen fled, notes WFSA
The cops claim they apprehended the teen, but he would not comply with police demands to put his hands behind his back for reasons unknown.
The police claim Ulysses struggled and reached for his waistband as if reaching for a weapon, which is when the cops used force on him. Ulysses was beaten to the point of unrecognizable.
According to police, officers later returned to the scene and (magically) found a handgun lying on the ground, which they somehow missed seeing during the violent confrontation.
Brittany Patterson, a witness, told WDHN:
You could see the swelling of his face you could tell he had a lot of bleeding. He looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness.
The Troy Police Department and the mayors office refused to comment.
The boy’s family wants body and dash camera footage to be released.
Wilkerson Jr. added:
They had him handcuffed when we got in there they said he was charged with obstruction of justice the ambulance came to take him to UAB the took the handcuffs off and dropped the charges on him.
The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that they are investigating the incident.