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Clashes in California during 'choke hold death' protest

Police and protesters have clashed in California as the public expressed anger over a court's decision not to indict a white police officer over the death of unarmed black man, who died after being put into a "choke hold" by the officer.

A US Grand Jury decided not to charge New York officer Daniel Pantaleo over the death of Eric Garner who he arrested for allegedly selling un-taxed cigarettes..

The country's Attorney General, Eric Holder, has since announced a federal civil rights investigation into the case.

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Police cleared after 'choke hold' death of man in custody

Candles are seen at the memorial of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, July 21, 2014. Credit: Reuters

A US Grand Jury has decided not to charge a New York policeman over the death of Eric Garner, who died after being put into a 'choke hold' by the officer.

The sparked a nationwide furore after a video emerged showing Officer Daniel Pantaleo arresting Garner on 17 July this year for allegedly selling un-taxed cigarettes.

In the video, Mr Garner, 43, who was unarmed and had asthma, can be heard gasping for breath and saying 'I can't breathe' after being but into a choke hold when he reportedly refused to allow Officer Pantaleo to handcuff him.

Choke holds have been banned by NYPD official policy since 1993.

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