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Sharpton in tribute to choke victim

Civil rights campaigner the Rev Al Sharpton has laid a wreath at a makeshift memorial for a New York man whose death following a videotaped police chokehold incident caused uproar across the US and beyond.

The Rev Sharpton was joined by Eric Garner's family members as he placed a wreath at the Staten Island site where Mr Garner died on July 17.

Thousands of demonstrators have protested in New York and elsewhere since the announcement on Wednesday that a grand jury would not indict a white officer following the death of Mr Garner, a black man who gasped "I can't breathe" while he was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

The Rev Sharpton is planning a march in Washington DC next Saturday in protest over deaths at the hands of police, including those of Mr Garner and of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri.

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