TROY, Al. - People of all races and ages came together for one reason December 30, 2017, for answers for Ulysses Wilkerson.
"This racism needs to stop.This police brutality needs to stop. We came here in this world for God to love all of us," said Cori Newman, Troy resident.
"I have a 12 year old son myself and this is not the first event that I have seen on tv where police have taken out their frustration on young black males with impunity. As a concerned citizen and a father I will not stand for this," said Demeria Lightfoot, Troy business owner.
"What the family really wants is justice, but they need answers. What really happened out there? You know none of us where out there," said Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, advocate for Ulysses Wilikerson.
Hundreds gathered from all around the South in support of Ulysses Wilkerson and his family. Wilkerson was sent to the hospital with a cracked eye socket in three places and brain bleeding after an encounter with the Troy Police Department on Christmas Eve. The family has not been contacted by the city of Troy, leading many to demand support from the entire city, businesses included.
Pastor Glasgow said that if you want change you have to show up, "You got to start showing up to these City Council meetings, you got to start showing up to the County Commission meetings, you got to start showing up to these Board of Education meetings."
The protest rally was in effort for one request from the city and state, asking for all dash cams and body cams to be released. If this is not done, more rallies will be organized.
"We are asking for the facts if they cant produce the facts then I will be announcing in a very, very short period of time a national rally where the national leaders come down and we are going to shut down 231," said Pastor Glasgow,
Wilkerson was charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations and Resisting Arrest, both misdemeanors. The case has been turned over to the state for investigation.