Family seeks answers after teen allegedly beaten by Troy police

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Troy (WTVY)-- A Troy woman said Friday her 17-year-old son, Ulysses Wilkerson, was wrongly and badly beaten by police in her hometown while he was handcuffed. Angela Williams demands justice.

Angela Williams cries while talking about injuries suffered by her son in a confrontation with police. Photo from December 29, 2017.

“We will not settle before we know the truth about the beating of my dear son and until these police officers are held accountable for their crimes,” she said at a press conference Friday.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr has said little about what occurred Saturday night (December 23) but, in a written statement earlier this week, he termed officers’ actions “justified”.

He said Wilkerson led police on lengthy foot pursuit when they confronted him coming from behind a downtown business.

Wilkerson, the chief claims, reached into his waistband and officers feared he had a gun. Afterwards, one was found nearby though it’s not clear if it belonged to Wilkerson.

Photos of the teen posted on Facebook show him with facial injuries. Family members say he also had swelling around his brain. After hospitalization, he is recovering at home.

“Ulysses remembers one thing---a big, tall white officer kicking him in the face. He remembers that and nothing else after that,” said family advocate Kenny Sharpton Glasgow.

Wilkerson was arrested on obstruction of government operations and resisting arrest charges, both misdemeanors.

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves called for calm and said one officer involved in the incident is on administrative leave pending completion of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Findings of the probe will be turned over to Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson who will likely present them to a grand jury.