Black Lives Matter Rally In The Rain In Honor Of Marion AR Teen

MARION, Ark (localmemphis.com) - Black Lives Matter held a rally in honor of 16-year-old Aries Clark who was shot and killed by Marion police August 1st.

The prosecuting attorney ruled that deadly force was justified in the case but the family is not satisfied with the ruling.


Only a handful of Black Lives Matter members showed up Friday and rallied in front of East Arkansas Youth Services.

They wouldn't answer reporter questions but did say they want to see the unedited surveillance footage.

Yoni Ziggler with Black Lives Matter says, "We want the raw footage. We feel it's a cover up.

Fewer than five Black Lives Matter members rallied in front of East Arkansas Youth Services in support of Aries Clark's family.

Clark's mom showed up but didn't stay long. She didn't want to talk on camera. Clark was shot and killed by Marion police officers when he refused to put down what looked like a gun. 

Teddy bears represent the spot where Marion officers shot Clark. The shooting was caught on the officer's body camera.

Clark's weapon turned out to be a BB gun. The district attorney ruled deadly force was justified in this case. 

The two officers will not be charged. Clark's' family and supporters are angry over the ruling and refuse to accept it.

"Things happen and there's nothing wrong into looking into it. I don't just accept what somebody says and that's it. On either side," says Sandra Hebron with the Commission on Religion and Racism.

Local 24 spoke to the Marion police chief earlier today.

He says he stands by the state's ruling that deadly force was justified and he stands by his officers.

Clark's family plans to file a civil suit. 


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