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Mayor issues updated statement on arrest incident

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves issued an updated statement on Friday regarding the arrest of Ulysses Wilkerson. The full text of the statement follows:

“On the morning of December 24, 2017, I requested that the State Bureau of lnvestigation division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency conduct a thorough and complete review of an arrest that occurred on Dec. 23, 2017 at approximately 11:52 p.m. At that time, Troy (Alabama) police officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile after he fled from police in the area of Madison Street. The juvenile was injured during the arrest. He was medically assessed by Troy Fire Department paramedics at the scene and was transported to Troy Regional Medical Center. Subsequently, he was transported to the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham and released.

“The juvenile has been charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations (Class A misdemeanor) and Resisting Arrest (Class B misdemeanor) but the investigation continues. The officer involved in the incident is on leave.

“I thought it was important for the State to review the incident and give an independent assessment of the matter. I want to stress to our community that we all must let the independent review process take its course, and l ask for your patience during the investigation by SBI. Regardless of the outcome, I want our citizens to know that I will diligently work to make sure the public is informed. I love this City and l am concerned about the welfare of all our citizens.”