Four Black Men Are Arrested ‘for Beating a White Alabama High School Student over Facebook Posts Supporting Blue Lives Matter’
Snejana Farberov, Daily Mail, October 12, 2016
Police in Alabama have arrested four black men in connection with the beating of a white Alabama high school student who had posted pro-Blue Lives Matter Comments in support of cops.
In a statement, Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson says four recent Sylacauga High School students were arrested Tuesday following the September 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. He was hospitalized with serious head injuries.
Two of the four suspects, 20-year-old Quartez Walker and 19-year-old Bobby Brown, were taken into custody at Stillman College.
La Noah Ealy Jr, 18, was arrested at Auburn University in Montgomery, while 20-year-old Daveon Nix was arrested in Sylacauga.
Walker was booked on a first-degree assault charge and his bond was set at $20,000.
The other three suspects face charges of second-degree assault and are being held on $15,000 each.
Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens said Walker was charged with a more serious criminal count because he believes the 20-year-old man was the only one in the group who was armed with a gun, which he allegedly used to strike Ogle.
Suspect Daveon Nix is the son of a newly elected local councilwoman, Tiffany Nix.
Just days before her son’s arrest, Councilwoman-elect Nix, representing Sylacauga District 2, addressed the subject of racial tensions in the city in general, and the attack on Brian Ogle in particular, in an interview with The Daily Home, saying, in part, that parents should set a good example for their children.
On September 30, police found Brian Ogle bleeding from his head near an Ace hardware store after his school’s homecoming football game.
He was immediately airlifted to a hospital in nearby Birmingham to be treated for three skull fractures as well as injuries to his shoulders, the Daily Caller reported.
Brandi Allen told WBRC at the time she believed her son was a target because of videos he posted on his Facebook account which expressed support for the Blue Lives Matter movement.