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Black Lives Matter: Thousands in US civil rights protests

Thousands of protesters have made their way through Washington today, against the death of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers.

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Thousands join protest against US police killings

More than 10,000 protesters have gathered in Washington today to take part in a march against "police brutality" following the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in recent months.

The families of shooting victims are taking part in the national 'Justice For All' march against police violence in Washington today Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both of whom died in incidents involving white police officers, are among the crowds of protesters who are expected to march to the Capitol later today.

Last month's decision by a US grand jury not to indict the officers involved in the deaths of 18-year-old Brown and 43-year-old Garner, who gasped "I can't breathe" while being arrested in New York, has led to outrage across America and numerous protests have already been held.

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