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The parents of Aries Clark,16, are in a state of shock after he was shot by police, earlier this week. On Tuesday, officers from the Marion Police Department responded to a call at the East Arkansas Youth Services in the city of Marion, Arkansas. According to witnesses and video that has been uploaded to social media, within moments of officers arriving, Clark was shot in front of the youth shelter. He was transported to a local hospital and died the next day from his injuries. His mother stated to media that doctors told her Aries was shot in the back of the head, buttocks, and back.

Family members told media outlet WMCA News that Aries was at the facility because he was being disruptive at home. His mother Vicky Clark stated to media, “I never expected not to see my son again. I had saw him that Thursday, and we were trying to figure out how we were going to do therapy to get help for him.”

His father did not want to be identified and stated, “He was just being unruly. He ran away from home twice, so we needed help with him. We just went from needing some help to the next thing we know, he’s dead.”

East Arkansas Youth Services is a non-profit that “provides positive alternatives to institutionalization” for at-risk children and provides shelter to troubled youths. It has not been revealed why police were called to the shelter and the investigation is being handled by the Arkansas State Police. The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Results of the investigation will be turned over to state prosecutors who will determine if charges will be filed against the officers.

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  • La-Chanda Sexclibra Smith

    Yes another copcasian killing our boys. Savages will do what savages do

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  • TheDOTKU

    Kill a kid, get a paid vacation.

  • Cruddy

    I wonder how they are going to explain how they shot him in the back of the head?

    • nosey rosy

      there is no explanation reason they on paid leave til the police can pay off the families and it all goes hush . you gotta remember all the families that have been paid , are silent now, accept a few personal appearances to discuss grieving parents . or losing a child they cant talk about the police misuse of force or their anger with the police thats all in the documents they sign to get that money .they are banned from interview or rallys or anything pro active . which is sad by god , cause that shuts the public up from activist that boy shot in dallas texas by that cop , family is already being offered money .and this is hush money .on all these cases tamir rice moma got a big check too . . those 2 cops were clearly in the wrong shooting a kid just cause he had a toy gun the caller said it might be a toy. and they shot anyway .

  • nosey rosy

    this is un imaginable how do you go to a youth center and not taser a child , you were not going there for a grown man with a gun? so why kill this juvenile? the police see black boys the same as black men , this is been going on for years , since even slavery when black boys were treated the same as black men . when they mad a mistake . if this kid was running why shoot him in the head . symbolic of this so called police mandetory training. they say that is why mike brown was shot dead. im sick of this mess .police are scardy cats who should not have a gun . .you mix that with racial discrimination and profiling and you got this historial nasty mark on american history . forever .
    you must stop killing our men . a white kid would not have been shot like this , he would have been tasered or shot in the leg at the most all cops are not marksman shooter either some of them just aim and shot not realizing it matters where you hit a person and why .. they are just wreckless of that job .. the majority of cops are wreckless , stupid or racist or all of these . yes there are good cops but what the hell is a good cop is he scare of his dam job

  • Jason

    Is it true that the word JUSTICE is used more than the word LOVE in the Bible? If so, this explains why these race soldiers still persist out here. Maybe if Blacks were more concerned about JUSTICE (no matter the form) things out here would change.

  • Diego de Tomaso

    Why no mention of the gun he held in the article? (yes I know a BB gun, but they look just like a real gun) His cousin, Chris Clark, told reporters that “he held a BB gun in the air

    • SrAgri

      Not only did he have a BB gun, but he was apparently not admitted to the youth center at the time of the shooting. He had been admitted and discharged previously and returned on this occasion with a BB gun.

      It would seem pretty obvious to me why the police were called and why they could have been quick to shoot.

  • Blue Harvest

    Wonder if we’ll see an update now that it’s proven that the officers tried to talk the child down instead of immediately shooting like everyone said. Probably not though, totally ruins the narrative.