TROY, Ala. – An Alabama woman said Friday that the police severely beat her black 17-year-old son while he was cuffed and she wants answers from the government about what happened.
Angela Williams shared a photo of her son bloodied face on Facebook and it went viral. Representatives for the family said Ulysses Wilkerson was startled by the police on the night of Dec. 23 and he ran away. Officers caught up to him and slapped him, ” she said.
Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson told CNN police said they used force after Wilkerson reached in his waistband for what they feared could be a weapon. Troy police told WHDN-TV that Wilkerson is charged with resisting arrest and obstruction, both misdemeanors.
Family members, some of them carry of All Life, From T-shirts, held a press conference Friday and talked about how Wilkerson was another example of police mistreatment of African-Americans. The family said authorities have not said what happened.
“I’m in the dark, and I must be the last in the dark,” Williams said.
The police in the city of Troy are tightlipped about what had happened and said government is investigating. It is not clear what the race of the arresting officers were.
Wilkerson, the father of Odysseus Wilkerson Jr., told th e station, his son in the eye socket was cracked and his brain was swollen. The family will hold a rally Saturday, in part to seek justice for their son and to bring to the attention of his case.