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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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'30 arrests' in NY protests over police 'choke hold' verdict

Police have arrested around 30 people during protests in New York City over a jury's decision to clear a white police officer who applied a chokehold to a black man which resulted in his death.

New York: Demonstrators block the West Side Highway during a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner. Credit: Reuters

US attorney general Eric Holder said the Justice Department was launching a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, who was unarmed when police approached him.

A demonstrator holds a 'black lives matter' sign in New York. Credit: Reuters

It was the second grand jury in just over a week to decline to prosecute a white policeman in the death of an unarmed black man.

Protests move through midtown Manhattan in New York. Credit: Reuters

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