Dothan attorneys will represent teen allegedly beaten by police

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — A Dothan law firm and Florida attorney will represent a Troy teenager whose family claims he is the victim of police brutality.

Dustin Fowler and Steve Etheredge of the firm Buntin, Etheredge and Fowler and Ben Crump of Tallahassee made the announcement Thursday.

“We will do everything in our power to seek justice for Ulysses Wilkerson, an African-American teenager who was brutally beaten at the hands of police in Troy, Alabama, on the night of Dec. 23,” a written press release said.

The 17-year-old was apparently walking around a building in downtown Troy late Saturday when police approached him. Troy police say Wilkerson did not respond to officers' requests to put his hands behind his back. Police said they used physical force when he reached in his waistband.

Suffering facial injuries Wilkerson was transported to a Birmingham hospital. His condition is unknown.

Troy police requested an independent investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. A spokesperson of the agency, Heath Carpenter, said findings won’t be released until completed.

The statement from Crump and Fowler continued, “The family is adamant about the community staying engaged to help seek for justice for their 17-year-old son. This is not just a matter of black and white; it is a matter of humanity.” Wilkerson is black.
A rally is planned Saturday in Troy.

Attorney Ben Crump represents the family of Trayvon Martin, who was shot by George Zimmerman.