Chokehold death protest turns violent in California, 2 officers hurt

Chokehold death protest turns violent in California, 2 officers hurt

Mostly peaceful protests of a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man continued around the country, but authorities said a march in California turned violent when demonstrators smashed windows and threw bricks and rocks at police.

A Berkeley police officer received hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder after being hit with a sandbag, while another sustained minor injuries, police spokeswoman Jenn Coats said.

She said several businesses were looted and damaged during the march Saturday night, and officers attempting to get the crowd to disperse used tear gas. Some squad cars were also damaged.

Authorities did not provide further details of any injuries or arrests. “The total number of arrests and injuries is not known at this time,” Coats said.

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