"Its real hard to look at this youngster’s photo and not feel some kind of way about what allegedly happened to him at the hands of police in Troy, Alabama.
In fact, on Saturday, civil rights activists plan to hold a demonstration outside the Troy police department to demand action against the police officers involved with the brutal beating of 17-year-old Ulysses “Fat Daddy” Wilkerson on December 23.
Activists also want the police department to release body cam footage of the incident and fire the officers involved in the beating, according to Troy n.ative Gerald Jackson who confirmed the identity of the previously unnamed teen. Jackson heads We Demand Justice, an activist organization, based in Jacksonville, NC, reports Mic.
Troy will no longer stand for the police department’s brutality,” Jackson said via text message Tuesday.
Images of Wilkerson’s battered and bruised face went viral on Facebook over the weekend.
In an interview with DothanFirst.com, Ulysses Wilkerson Sr., the teen’s father, said that the officers cracked his son’s eye socket “in three different places” and caused swelling on his brain.
Meanwhile, Alabama’s State Bureau of Investigation is now conducting its own independent review of what happened to Wilkerson. In order to protect the juvenile involved and the integrity of the investigation, no additional information will be released by SBI until this investigation is closed,” SBI Lt. Heath Carpenter told Mic via email. “The completed investigation will be turned over to Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson for presentation to a grand jury.” Jackson said the officers’ story doesn’t justify the severity of Wilkerson’s injuries.