Brian Ogle Beating: Alabama Teenager Brutally Beaten After Making Pro-Police Facebook Post, Victim's Mother Calls It A Hate Crime

Nathan Francis

Brian Ogle is in an Alabama hospital in critical condition after a group of black teens allegedly delivered a beating that police say may have been racially motivated --- and one that the victim's mother is calling a hate crime.

The 17-year-old high school student was reportedly beaten on Friday after his school's homecoming football game. Ogle, who is white, was with a large group of people in the parking lot of an Ace Hardware store when one or more black teens attacked him, WALB reported.

Police arrived and found Ogle bleeding from his head, the report noted, and the teen was taken to Coosa Valley Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. Brian's mother said he suffered a fractured skull and had bleeding on his brain.

"Johnson says witnesses are telling police there was an incident at Sylacauga High School last week involving the victim and some of the persons of interest," WALB reported. "He says there may have been a verbal exchange or a social media post about the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, which may have sparked Friday night's assault."

The victim's mother is now calling the assault a hate crime. Brandi Allen said she believes her son became a target for attack after he vocally supported police following a spate of recent high-profile shootings, ABC 33/40 News reported. Allen said her son posted some pro-police comments on Facebook.

Allen said it took her son two days after the beating to begin to regain consciousness, and it was not until Sunday that he recognized his own mother. Though he showed signs of progress, things are still very touch and go for Brian, she said.

Allen said she wants to see justice for her son --- including hate crime charges against the people who attacked him.

"I want to see them in jail, this most certainly is a race issue, it's a hate crime." Allen said.

Brian Ogle had reportedly been getting threats at his school after making the Facebook post, his mother said. But despite Ogle bringing evidence to his school, they reportedly did nothing to stop it or to protect the 17-year-old, his mother added.

"My son took [evidence of threats] to the principal at Sylacauga High School and I commend him for that," she said. "He showed her the threats that were being made to him, but she told him there was nothing she could do. I'm appalled."

Police said they have at least one person of interest in Ogle's beating, but also told ABC 33/40 News that there is no evidence that the Black Lives Matter organization --- or anyone from it --- may have played a role.

Ogle's story seems to have struck a chord nationwide, with many pro-police groups supporting him and some even putting together an online fundraiser to pay for his medical bills.

Anyone with information on the beating of Brian Ogle is asked to call the Sylacauga Police Department at (256) 401-2450.

[Featured Image by Brandi Allen]

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