Ulysses’ family, who posted photos of the boy’s bloody and misshapen face on Facebook, argued that the officers tried to kill him. His mother, Angela Williams, wrote that the officers beat her son after he was already handcuffed.
Williams' post, which showed a close-up of her son's face, had been shared more than 82,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.
Ulysses’ father also shared multiple photos of his son on social media.
"As y'all can see, Troy police officers tried to kill my son," the post from Sadot Wilkerson reads. "He has massive swelling and they can't start surgery until (the) swelling goes down."
The family told WDHN News 18 in Dothan that Ulysses suffered swelling to the brain and his eye socket was cracked in three places.
In the graphic photos, Ulysses lies in a hospital bed, his pillow smeared with blood from his battered face. One eye is swollen completely shut and his nose and lips are caked with dried blood.
One image shows handcuffs around at least one of his wrists.
Community activist Caros Chaverst Jr. also shared the images. Like Williams, Chaverst alleged in his Facebook post that police officers punched and kicked Ulysses while the boy was already handcuffed.
He also said that Ulysses ran from the officers out of fear after he and a friend were approached.
"Upon catching him, the police left him as seen in the pictures below," Chaverst wrote. "An unarmed kid."
A woman who said she drove by the scene Saturday night described for WDHN seeing the officers surrounding Ulysses, who was on the ground and appeared unconscious.
"You could see the swelling of his face (and) you could tell he had a lot of bleeding," Brittany Patterson told the news station. "It looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness."
Patterson said the first thought that came to her mind was, “I hope they are not beating him.”
Chaverst wrote that it was hours after the incident before any of Ulysses relatives were made aware of what happened. Williams, in posting her son’s photo just before 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve, wrote that she was only then heading to UAB, where Ulysses had been transferred from Troy Regional Medical Center for possible facial surgery.
Chaverst urged his followers to demand that the Troy Police Department and the city release body camera footage so the truth behind what happened could be made public.
"This family is hurting," Chaverst wrote.
The family told WDHN that Ulysses has been released from the hospital, but remains under medical observation. He will likely need surgery once some of the swelling in his face and head goes down.
Ulysses’ father told the news station that, though his son was handcuffed and was initially facing obstruction of justice charges, those charges have since been dropped.
WDHN reported that officials from the police department and the Troy mayor’s office have declined to comment on the case.
State investigators said in a statement that once their investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the Pike County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to a grand jury.