TROY, AL (WSFA) - The Pike County branch of the NAACP held a news conference Friday afternoon regarding the case of 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson, who was injured during an encounter with Troy police on Saturday night.
The sole speaker, Pike County NAACP spokeswoman Dianna Bascomb, read from a prepared statement and did not take any questions.
That statement, previously released to media, reads:
Bascomb said she invited both Troy's mayor and police chief to the briefing. Neither was present during the event, which lasted just under two minutes.
Wilkerson had to be hospitalized Saturday for injuries Troy police say he sustained while resisting arrest. Troy's mayor says the involved officer has been placed on leave. Meanwhile, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is independently reviewing the incident.
Wilkerson is charged with two misdemeanors - obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest.
This was the second news conference of the day regarding Wilkerson. Friday morning, the boy's family spoke out with his mother saying she was horrified and devastated by his injuries and wants the officers responsible to be held accountable.