Demand Transparency Surrounding Alleged Police Beating of Teen

Target: Randall Barr, Police Chief, Troy, Alabama

Goal: Release all information and video footage of Troy police officers’ reported use of force against 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson.

The parents of 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson want to see body camera and dashcam footage of the incident with Troy, Alabama police that led to their son allegedly being badly beaten and hospitalized. According to his father, Ulysses had “trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places,” and his mother claims that police officers beat her son while he was in handcuffs. Troy police and the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation have not released details, to the parents or to anyone else, including the names of the officers involved, whether or not the officers will be placed on leave during the investigation, and whether or not Ulysses still faces criminal charges.

The Troy Police Department says that the force used against Ulysses was “reasonable and necessary.” The department stated that the teen was charged with misdemeanor obstruction and resisting arrest, and that he was reaching for his waistband for what officers feared could be a weapon, refusing to comply with their orders. A handgun was later found on the ground when officers returned to the area, but no information has been released as to whether the weapon is linked to Ulysses.

Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson says it is unclear whether Ulysses still faces charges, and that the statements of police are “vastly different” from what the boys’ parents allege. Ulysses’ father says police informed him the charges against his son were dropped after he was brought to the hospital in an ambulance, and his mother’s account of the incident alleges that her son was assaulted while he was handcuffed (though Anderson says officers claim they used force only after Ulysses reached for his waistband.) According to Anderson, there is video footage of the incident from police body cameras, though one officer did not have a camera turned on. Transparency is vital in dealing with this kind of police brutality. Sign below to demand that video and all key information regarding this incident be released.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Police Chief Barr,

The encounter between Troy police and 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson, which resulted in the teen’s hospitalization after allegedly being brutally beaten, must be dealt with honestly and openly. Ulysses received multiple head injuries, one of which required surgery, which he underwent on Christmas Eve. His parents have a right to know what happened to their son, and they deserve clarity: as of now, they cannot even be sure whether Ulysses is still facing charges.

The Troy Police Department has a responsibility to keep the community safe. In order to honor this and to ensure that the situation is dealt with justly, vital information related to this incident must be released, including how many officers were involved, who they are, and whether they will be placed on leave during the investigation. The beating of a teenager is no small matter, and the force allegedly used to subdue him was extreme. Honesty and transparency from the police department are critical at this time. I urge you to release all of the key information and video footage of the arrest and alleged assault of Ulysses Wilkerson.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joe Brusky

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3 Comments

  1. Margaret Melnick says:

    Sounds like a police cover up of their brutality. If what they are saying is true release the body cam video. I keep saying this over and over again. POLICE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO INVESTIGATE THEMSELVES. This is like letting Jack the Rippers parents investigate him if you understand what I am saying.

  2. Robert Ortiz says:

    Transparency and accountability now! Law enforcement is supposed to protect and serve, but with so much corruption, brutality, racism, etc. who will protect “we the people” from them?!

  3. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    we want peace not violence

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