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Protesters march down Fifth Avenue, New York, past the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree (AP)

Protesters march down Fifth Avenue, New York, past the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree (AP)

Protesters march down Fifth Avenue, New York, past the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree (AP)

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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