No police brutality in incident with Troy teen, grand jury decides

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TROY, Ala. ( -- Four Troy police officers investigated for their role in an encounter that seriously injured a Troy teen will not face criminal charges.

The family of Ulysses Wilkerson, 17, has been seeking answers in what they called the "brutal beating' of the teen. Wilkerson was hospitalized on Dec. 23, 2017 after an altercation with the police.

Authorities said Wilkerson was walking near a closed business in Troy when officers approached him. Officials with the Troy Police Department said Wilkerson reached for his waistband, and officers used physical force to subdue the teen.

The NAACP said Wilkerson "suffered multiple injuries at the hands of police officers, including massive swelling to the brain, massive facial swelling and a cracked eye socket in three places - all while possibly in handcuffs." The teen was hospitalized and underwent surgery for injuries.

Circuit 4 District Attorney Michael Jackson and retired Tuscaloosa District Attorney Tommy Smith were appointed as special prosecutors to handle the case, which was investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation. Circuit 4 includes Bibb, Hale, Dallas, Perry and Wilcox counties.

Jackson told Thursday that a grand jury met this week in Pike County and declined to issue indictments against the Troy officers.

"The grand jury determined they acted properly in their official capacity and no crime was committed,'' Jackson said. "If they had found differently, we would have gone forward with the case."

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