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Police officers in Troy saw the teenager, Ulysses Wilkerson, walking behind a closed business in the city's downtown late Saturday night, the department said in a statement. Wilkerson allegedly fled on foot as the officers got out of their vehicle, then refused to put his hands behind his back when was apprehended.

Wilkerson's father also said that while police had handcuffed his son, the charges against him were dropped.

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Wilkerson continued to struggle with officers and kept reaching toward his waistband "as if he was attempting to access a weapon", according to Barr.

The statement continues, "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.

The police later retraced Wilkerson's steps and recovered what they report was a discarded handgun.

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Bissen wrote that Sano "finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door". She says, "I don't even want to think about what he may have done, had he got me through that door".

"He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places", said the teen's father, Ulysses Wilkerson Jr.

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.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the allegations at the Troy Police Department's request.

SBI said during the arrest, the juvenile was injured, and was transported directly to Troy Regional Medical Center.

Wilkerson was taken to an area hospital, then transported to a Birmingham hospital.

SBI Agents immediately headed to Troy to conduct interviews and collect more evidence.

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Lawrence and Oswego counties also rose from last month when they were 5.7 percent and 5.6 percent respectively. Washington state gained 9,800 jobs overall in November, with the unemployment rate holding at 4.5 percent.

Lt. Heath Carpenter told BuzzFeed that the investigation is still "open and active", but couldn't confirm whether the police department had placed any officers involved on leave. According to a report by Mic, civil rights activist groups have planned to hold a protest Saturday and demand the police officers, who allegedly beat up Wilkerson, be held accountable for their actions.

Images of the teen boy's battered, swollen face were shared on social media thousands of times as members of the public have joined the teen's family in demanding justice. "Please share this", Angela Williams wrote, "shit happening in Troy Al now".

The mayor of Troy, Jason Reeves, said he asked for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to review the incident.

Numerous 61,000 shares of the Facebook post reflected outrage.

"Troy will no longer stand for the police department's brutality", Jackson said via text message Tuesday.

Wilkerson -who is now at the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama- suffered damage to his eye socket that was cracked in three places, which caused swelling to his brain. "This is not just a matter of black and white, it is a matter of humanity".

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The Troy Messenger reported Wilkerson was charged with obstruction of governmental operations and resisting arrest, which are both classified as misdemeanors.


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