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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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Family of 'choke hold' victim touched by public support

The family of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died while being restrained in an American police officer's 'choke hold', have said the flood of public support they have received has been "awesome".

Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said : "It is just so awesome to see how the crowds are out there.

"I was just so proud of that crowd, it just warmed my heart."

Chokehold victim Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr and widow Esaw Garner Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Garner's widow, Esaw Garner, added that when she saw demonstrators from her apartment window she told her son: "Look at all the love that your father's getting."

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