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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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Jesse Jackson: 'Non-violent protests will force change'

Protesters staged a lie-in on the streets of New York. Credit: APTN

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has pleaded with activists to remember the lessons of previous iconic protests and engage in non-violence.

As a third night of protests in New York continued, he told ITV News: "Violence has a way of distorting the message. You can't fight bullets with bricks...we will see changes."

The rally comes after the deaths of two black men, Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a white officer, and Eric Garner, who died after being put in a "choke hold" by police.

US police have also come under fire for shooting dead black 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was playing with a toy gun.

Next weekend thousands of protesters are set to march on The Mall in Washington to demand equality and change.

ITV's US correspondent Robert Moore has this report:

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