Police Chief Kelley Johnson of Sylacauga, Alabama was cautious, careful and politically correct in discussing the arrests of four men for the brutal attack on a high school student at a football game.

The four – identified as Bobby Brown, Daveon Nix, Quartez Walker and La Noah Ealy Jr. were pictured in mug shots, so there was no secret about their racial identities: they are African-American.

Their victim, 17-year-old Brian Ogle, is white and lies in a hospital bed suffering with brain injuries after the attack left the high-school junior unconscious and bleeding on the ground.

Ogle’s “crime?”

He posted pro-cop sentiments online.

So when Chief Johnson said, “the attack may have been racially motivated,” he may simply have meant, “I don’t want my town to be the next one to blow up and be featured on the nightly news.”

After students at Sylacauga High School started wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts, Ogle responded with “Blue Lives Matter” comments online.

Photos of the young victim connected to tubes and hoses, in a neck brace, eyes shut, his bruised and bloodied face expressionless have been shared online, but largely ignored by the mainstream media.

His right to free speech in defending law enforcement officials has little meaning in an era where an entire movement born of a single lie – the “hands up, don’t shoot” falsehood of Ferguson – is welcome in the White House and on the podium with the Democrat candidate for president.

Ogle’s mother is focusing on her son’s condition, but has spoken out about the racial aspect of the attack.

“Instead of us planning for his 18th birthday, we're here. Why? Because he made a statement that he backs the blue? I'm still trying to understand how someone, no matter the color of their skin, can do this to another human being.”

Ogle’s mother drew attention to the fact that Daveon Nix is the son of a local city councilwoman, without calling her by name, saying, “I don’t wish any harm on anyone’s child. I would like for them to have to look at my child right now. I don’t want any other mother to have to go through what I went through these past few days.”

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