SYLACAUGA, Ala. (AP) — Four black men are facing assault charges in connection with the beating of a white Alabama high school student who had posted pro-police comments online.
In a statement, Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson says four recent Sylacauga High School students were arrested Tuesday following the Sept. 30 attack against 17-year-old Brian Ogle.
Ogle’s mother, Brandi Allen, says her son responded to students wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts at his school with “Blue lives matter,” a defense of police officers. He was hospitalized with serious head injuries.
Twenty-year-old Quartez Walker and 19-year-old Bobby Brown were arrested at Stillman College. Eighteen-year-old La Noah Ely, Jr. was arrested at Auburn University in Montgomery. Twenty-year-old Daveon Nix was arrested in Sylacauga.
Police have said the attack may have been racially motivated.
(Copyright (c) 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)