State asked to lead investigation into teenager injured during arrest in Troy

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TROY, Ala. (AL.com) -- Following a Christmas weekend incident in which a Troy teen was seriously injured, police officials are asking the state to investigate whether their alleged use of force was justified.

According to a media report, police say a 17-year-old was seen walking behind a business in the city's downtown area late Saturday evening, around 11 p.m.

Officers exited their patrol vehicles to engage with the teenager when he began to flee on foot, reports say. Once the teenager was apprehended, police allege he failed to cooperate with officers' requests.

Police say the juvenile reached for his waistband, as if to go for a weapon, prompting physical force.

The teen was charged with obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest. He was taken to a medical facility with serious injuries.

The Troy Police Department has asked for the State Bureau of Investigations, a division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, to investigate whether the use of force was justified.