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The Latest: Woman says grandson's killing by officers unfair

Posted August 9

— The Latest on the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Eastern Arkansas (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The grandmother of a 16-year-old boy shot dead by police officers in Eastern Arkansas says her grandson's killing was unjustified.

Prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington released body camera footage that shows Aries Clark was holding and raising what appeared to be a pistol on July 25 outside East Arkansas Youth Services in Marion. Ellington said the two officers who fired their weapons were justified in using lethal force.

Vickie Burks told The Associated Press Wednesday that trained police officers can injure someone without killing them, and that Aries' death was unfair.

Kim Cole, an attorney representing Aries' family, said in a statement Wednesday the family had not been contacted by authorities about the decision to not charge the officers. Cole says the family hasn't seen any of the video footage.

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A state prosecutor says two eastern Arkansas police officers won't face charges in the fatal shooting of a black teenager outside an emergency youth shelter.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington says 16-year-old saying Aries Clark pointed a black BB gun at officers when he was shot on July 25 in Marion.

Ellington said Wednesday that the two local officers — Brannon Hinkle and Wesley Smith — were justified in using lethal force. He noted that body camera footage shows Clark raised what appeared to be a pistol toward the officers outside East Arkansas Youth Services.

Ellington said Clark had been placed at the facility by court order, but had left and was trying to gain entry. The shelter contracts with the state to provide services to children in foster care or who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.

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