Cops Won’t Be Charged in Death of Arkansas Teen

Arkansas teen Aries Clark

Arkansas teen Aries Clark

By Free Radical

On Wednesday, prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington deemed the July 25 police shooting and killing of 16 year old Arkansas youth, Aries Clark, justified. Clark is Black and the two officers who fired their weapons, Brannon Hinkle and Wesley Smith, are White.

According to a letter Ellington wrote to the Arkansas State Police, the officers “ordered, cajoled, encouraged and begged” Clark to drop a weapon that was later identified as a BB gun.

The standoff took nearly ten minutes by the East Arkansas Youth Services building in the city of Marion. According to, Clark had been in DHS custody for less than a week as his family worked to resolve some internal issues. Clark had run away from the facility and the police standoff began after he returned. Video footage shows Clark moving towards police and pointing his gun at them.

According to the killed by police database (, by August 9, 748 individuals have been killed by police in 2017. August 9 is also the three year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown by then Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was unarmed at the time.


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