Troy (WTVY)--- A Dothan pastor is threatening to shut down a major roadway in reaction to the alleged beating of a Troy teenager by police.
Rev. Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow said Saturday he plans to solicit help from national civil rights leaders to protest if answers aren’t provided soon regarding injuries to 17-year Ulysses Wilkerson III in a brush with officers.
Wilkerson was confronted by police near midnight December 23 when he walked from behind a closed business. That led to a scuffle.
Photos taken in a hospital and provided by family show Wilkerson suffered facial injuries. His father, Ulysses Wilkerson, Jr., said Friday his son also had swelling around his brain. He later was released from UAB Hospital in Birmingham and is recovering at home.
Troy Police Chief Randall Barr issued a statement this week claiming Wilkerson fled on foot when he was approached and, at some point, reached into his waistline. Officers---Barr doesn’t say how many---feared he had a weapon and used “reasonable and justifiable force” to subdue him.
In contrast, Wilkerson’s family alleges brutality and demands more defined answers from police and release of video of the incident.
They also want officers directly involved terminated. One officer, not publicly identified, is on paid leave according to Troy Mayor Jason Reeves.
Wilkerson faces two misdemeanor charges, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
Glasgow, an advocate for Wilkerson’s family, said Saturday if the matter isn’t resolved he’ll organize a protest and ask those who attend to block traffic along busy U.S. 231. “We want answers, we demand answers, but we’re not getting any answers,” he said.
Karen Jones, a member of Black Lives Matter, set a Friday, January 5 deadline for police to respond though Glasgow told WTVY he’s not sure when the protest, if necessary, will be scheduled.
The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a probe. Lt. Heath Carpenter, a SBI spokesperson, said no additional information will be made public until the investigation is completed.
Evidence and statements collected will be turned over to Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson who likely will present them to a grand jury.
A peaceful rally was held Saturday across the street from the Troy Police Department protesting the department’s handling of the matter.