Pike County Alabama District Attorney Tom Anderson confirmed that police body camera video exists of the Troy Police Department’s arrest of 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson, the Troy Messenger reported. But the family is not allowed to view the footage and will have to wait for the answers they seek.
“I know there is some body cam video and audio as well. I only know of one officer that was directly involved that did not have body cam video,” Anderson said, adding that he has not spoken since Christmas with the officers involved in the Dec. 23 incident and awaits a report from state investigators. He declined to comment on what the video shows.
Police officers arrested the unarmed teen and hours later he ended up at University of Alabama Medical Center with severe injuries. His mother, Angela Williams, posted images to Facebook of her son handcuffed to a hospital bed with his face battered. The family said Wilkerson fled from the police after they startled him. Officers caught him and beat him while in handcuffs, she said. The police have a different version of the incident. They claimed that he resisted arrest and reached into his waistband during the encounter. He was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction.
Meanwhile, supporters are rallying around the family. News that police body cam video exists raised hope for justice, but many are wondering how long it will take until the video is released to the family. A long delay will only increase suspicions. Gerald Jackson of We Want Justice said in a social media post on Thursday that he spoke with Anderson. In their conversation, Anderson said he did not share any information with Jackson about the content of the footage. At the same time, uncertainty continues about whether the police dropped the charges against the teenager. The district attorney did not confirm if Wilkerson still faces the misdemeanors.
SOURCE: Troy Messenger
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