Date
13 December 2017
Protesters stage a die-in at the Grand Central station in New York City on Friday after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July. Photo: AFP
Protesters stage a die-in at the Grand Central station in New York City on Friday after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July. Photo: AFP

More protests set after chokehold death decision

Authorities were bracing for a fifth day of nationwide protests against police violence on Sunday after a New York grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who put an unarmed black man in a banned chokehold that killed him.

After a relatively calm night in New York City, 13 people were arrested overnight in angry demonstrations in Seattle, where crowds threw rocks and attacked police, and in the California university town of Berkeley, where windows were smashed, stores looted and tear gas fired at protesters, Reuters reported.

Protests were planned on Sunday in dozens of cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and Minneapolis, the report said. 

The nightly demonstrations were mostly peaceful until the unrest on the West Coast.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he will review the results of an internal investigation of the July incident to decide whether any police wrongdoing was involved in Eric Garner’s death.

The killings of Garner and Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, in Ferguson, Missouri, have highlighted the strained relations between police and African-Americans and rekindled a national debate over race relations in the United States, the news agency said.

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