Alabama mother says teen son was 'beaten to unconsciousness' by cops

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That report says that Wilkerson ran from the cops, when they caught up with him, a struggle occurred.

The town's police chief has requested an investigation into his officers' use of force.

"Due to the subject's actions and failure to comply with officers commands Officers had to use physical force to affect the arrest". Williams said police haven't shown the footage to her or her family and haven't spoken to them since her son was hospitalized.

It later turned out Wilkerson was unarmed, but police say they recovered a discarded handgun along the teen's path.

According to a release, Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump along with local attorneys Dustin Fowler and Steve Etheredge have been retained by the family of Ulysses KeAndre Wilkerson.

Troy police referred questions about charges to the SBI, which declined to answer specific questions and re-sent CNN a news release it had provided the network the day before. Alabama's State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing whether or not the Troy officers used excessive force on the unarmed Wilkerson.

The family of a Troy teen injured recently during an arrest has retained a Dothan law firm as well as a defense attorney known for representing parties in high-profile civil rights cases. Chief Barr's request was approved and Agents from SBI immediately responded to Troy, conducting interviews and collecting evidence. State Bureau Lieutenant Heath Carpenter said Wednesday he couldn't confirm whether the police department ordered the leaves of the officers who were involved.

They are protesting for answers and for the dash and body camera footage to be released.

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Suffering facial injuries Wilkinson was transported to a Birmingham hospital. Please share this shit happening in Troy Al now. Her post has been shared 80,000 times, with many expressing outrage over his condition. "As y'all can see troy police officers tried to kill my son and he has massive swelling and they can't start surgery until swelling goes down".

Ulysses Wilkerson Jr., Ulysses' father, told WKRG that his son suffered trauma and swelling to his brain along with a cracked eye socket.

"They just want justice for their son", he said.

"The family is adamant about the community staying engaged to help seek for justice for their 17-year-old son", the lawyers said. "This is not just a matter of black and white, it is a matter of humanity", attorneys said.

Wilkerson originally faced misdemeanor charges of obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest, WSFA reported.

Her first thought, she said: "I hope they're not beating him". One officer was, but he didn't turn it on, Anderson added. The ambulance came to take him to [the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital].

Gerald Jackson, leader of an activist group named We Demand Justice, published a post on Facebook Thursday where he called for a protest Saturday and for the resignation of Barr and the Mayor of Troy, Jason Reeves.